8th Graders Visit the Tenement Museum!

Mr. Eckers’ and Mr. Clarke’s 8th grade social studies classes braved the cold on Wednesday and took a trip to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, home to generations of immigrants to the United States.  The trip coincided with the eighth grade study of immigration, urbanization, and the Progressive Era.

Students spent most of the day learning at the Tenement Museum, a fantastic New York City resource.  They were able to see, first hand, what life was like in the ethnic enclave before and after the turn of the last century.  The museum brought to life the stories and photos that the students have read and analyzed in their social studies classes.  After the museum, the group went on a short walking tour of the neighborhood and got to sample some of its traditional foods such as pickles and homemade bagels.  Students saw the Forward Building, the Essex Street Market, and other sights along the way.

Thanks to Mr. Clarke, Mr. Ardito, Ms. Seferian, Mr. Eckers and Mr. Chisholm for accompanying the students for the day!

[Thanks to Mr. Eckers for the photos and write-up!]

Wheatley Students Earn Recognition at the French Poetry Contest!

On Wednesday, 6 December, ten of our French students headed over to Hofstra University to compete in the annual Nassau Poetry Contest, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Guided by our French teacher, Jean-François Henley, the students earned notable recognition for their outstanding French.

  • Emily Yagoda won distinction for her reading of her original poem Les leçons que j’ai apprises
  • Anya Chabria won distinction for her reading of her original poem La philosophie de l’avion
  • Sarah Hassan won 1st place (Level 2) for her reading of O triste, triste était mon âme by Paul Verlaine
  • Manav Bansal won 2nd place (Level 2) for his reading of Demain, dès l’aube by Victor Hugo
  • Adeel Anwar won 3rd place for his reading of Il pleure dans mon coeur by Paul Verlaine
  • Danielle Smichok won first place (Level 4, most advanced) for her reading of Quand tu dors by Jacques Prévert
  • Vani Kumar won 3rd place (Level 4, most advanced) for her reading of Paysage by Charles Baudelaire

Additional participants included: Robert Boubour, Zachary Schloss and Kate Seo.

Congratulations to all of the students, and thank you to Mr. Henley for the photo and information!

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Mrs. Jacobson’s Spanish Students Express their Thanks!

Mrs. Jacobson often challenges her Spanish students to engage with Spanish language and culture in a creative, practical or thoughtful manner. Just before our Thanksgiving recess, Mrs. Jacobson had her students complete a project that has brightened the spirits of so many in our learning community!

The assignment given to the students was to write a few sentences (in Spanish) about an adult employee for whom they are thankful. Mrs. Jacobson made sure the students considered not just teachers, but the many other adults working in the building: monitors, cafeteria aides, custodians, bus drivers and the like. The sentences of thanks were written on colorful paper and then placed on three separate bulletin boards throughout the school.

What an impact these notes have had on the adults! I have had so many conversations with the some of the adults who were thanked in this manner and they have described how touched they were by the words. Many of them took pictures of the notes on the bulletin boards so they could show their families at home. The adults mentioned that the notes made them so feel so grateful during the Thanksgiving break.

Thanks to Mrs. Jacobson for having the students complete a project that helps them practice their Spanish while brightening the spirits of so many in our school!

6th Annual Research Symposium Highlights Wide Array of Student Research!

Last week, Wheatley’s 6th Annual Research Symposium was held in our lobby (for the poster sessions) and a Room 450 (for the senior research presentations). The breadth and scope of the topics covered a large range of science research topics.

We are thankful to have such wonderfully motivated students along with the faculty to support their efforts. Particular thanks to our Science Research Coordinator, Ms. Alexis Blondrage, for her work with these students and her coordination of the evening.


Science Research Topics and Presentations

Independent Science Research
  • Sufia Ainechi – Solar Panel Pressure Plate: An Interactive System
  • Ananya Bansal – The Effect of Coconut Oil on the Alzheimer’s Homologue Gene apl-1 in C. elegans and APP in Murine Neuroblastoma Cells
  • Rachel Fuzaylov – Analysis and Barcoding of Native Species within the Hempstead Plains; Effect of BAMLET in Reversing Antibiotic Resistance in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Rikki Gassman – Analysis and Barcoding of Native Species within the Hempstead Plains
  • Jakob Gilbert – Creating Stable Housing in Earthquake-Prone Areas Using Semi-Rigid Arch Systems With Dynamic Wedge Foundations
  • Sana Haroon – The Effect of Thymoquinone on brc-1 and brc-2 Expression in Caenorhabditis Elegans
  • Abdullah Hassan – Dissolution of generic vs brand name drugs in the stomach
  • Farah Hasan – Designing a CRISPR/dCas9 System to Knock Down SOD1 Expression in Mammalian Cells
  • Arvin Jadonath – The Eradication and Prevention of Biofilm Growth  Using Various Organic Substances
  • Ansh Jhaveri – Effects of a Parabolic Reflector on the Strength and Range of WiFi Signal
  • Brett Katz – Effect of BAMLET in Reversing Antibiotic Resistance in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Megan Kirschner – The Effect of Coconut Oil on the Alzheimer’s Homologue Gene apl-1 in C. elegans and APP in Murine Neuroblastoma Cells
  • Abhishek Kumar – An Analysis of the Integration of Robotics in the Medicinal Field, Implementation of Robotics into the Medical Field
  • Nirav Kumar – The Eradication and Prevention of Biofilm Growth  Using Various Organic Substances
  • Vani Kumar – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • John Li – Scientometric Analysis of the Highly Cited Database Indicates Significant Shifts in Fields of High Impact Research
  • Karen Li – Scientometric Analysis of the Highly Cited Database Indicates Significant Shifts in Fields of High Impact Research
  • Michelle Lin – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island; Do oviposition deterring pheromones reduce competition between same vs. different varieties of Strauzia flies?
  • Gil Lotzky – Working at the New York Head and Neck Institute
  • Samrah Mitha – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island
  • Samrah Mitha – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island
  • Dylan Nektalov – The Effect of Superconductivity for Doped Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide
  • Jax Nussbaum – Music Exposure’s Effect on the Provocation of Autobiographical Memories
  • Michelle Raja – Reducing Toxicology of Nanoparticles while maintaining maximum antibacterial properties through shape control
  • Aidan Roldan – Effects of a Parabolic Reflector on the Strength and Range of WiFi Signal
  • Sumughan Pitchayan – Natural Lighting in Classrooms
  • Jessica Poomkudy – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • Madison Ramos – The Survival and Development of Artemia salina When Exposed to Low Doses of Diclofenac
  • Manan Shukla – The Utilization of Cellular Technology and Medicobox as Effective and Inexpensive Solutions to Medical Nonadherence in Healthcare
  • Anne Yan – The Effect of Nitrulline on the Expression of Dys-1 and Dyc-1 Genes in C. Elegans
  • Emily Wang – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • Josh Wolff – Dissecting The Effects of Biased Social Media on Millennials’ Views of Presidential Candidates
  • Aiden Wong – An Analysis of the Integration of Robotics in the Medicinal Field, Implementation of Robotics into the Medical Field
  • Kenton Wu – Carbaryl-Induced Cytotoxicity and Inflammation in both Mytilus edulis and Human Tissues Implicate the Pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Introduction to Science Research
  • Kavina Amin – The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli bacteria
  • Kaya Amin – Optimizing Energy Output in a Mudwatt
  • Alex ArbitalJacoby – What Biological Material Produces the Greatest Volume of Biogas?
  • Zachary Azevedo – The Effectiveness of Sunscreen Against UV Radiation
  • Ethan Bao –  Flame Retardancy
  • Alyssa Belle – The Effect of Sweeteners on Black Worms
  • Derek Gilbert – The Effects of Pesticides on the Growth Rate and Development of Zebrafish
  • Hitangee Jain – Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics
  • Megan Kaye – The Effect of Ethyl Alcohol on the Heart Rate of Daphnia Magna
  • Hema Kumar – The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli bacteria
  • Ilana Nimkoff – Optimizing Energy output in a Mudwatt
  • Jacob Mohebban – The Effects of Pesticides on the Growth Rate and Development of Zebrafish
  • Karthik Pitchayan – Flame Retardancy
  • Chris Santoli – The Effect of Xylitol on the Heart Rate of Daphnia
  • Rebecca Sparacio – The Effect of Caffeine and Ethanol on the Expression of the CEP-1 Tumor Suppressor Gene in Caenorhabditis Elegans
  • Rebecca Zeltsman –  The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli Bacteria
  • Danyal Zulfiqar – The Effect of Earthworms on Soil Quality

 

Vani Kumar Published in Online International Magazine!

Wheatley Junior Vani Kumar is one of our extraordinary science research students. In the spring, she had an article published in The Epoch Herald, a new online international magazine (of which she is the Chief of Editing).

Vani’s article was entitled “CRISPR- The Little Known Technology Which Will Change the Future of Humanity” and was based on her science research work. The magazine article is quite approachable, so please take a moment to read it here: http://wp.me/p7Mlzz-Ro

Congratulations to Vani and thanks to our Science Research Coordinator, Alexis Blondrage, for her support of all of our research students.

English 10P Talks Reveal a Wide Range of Student Interests and Passions!

On Wednesday, 31 May, students in our English 10P Honors courses invited friends, family and special guests to the second annual “Ten P Talks.” Modeled after the well-known Ted Talks, these student presentations aimed to answer the question, “What Matters?” Students chose topics that reflected their passions and interests, aiming to educate and inform the audience in under ten minutes.

The topics and presenters were quite impressive! Congratulations to the students, and thank you to Lauren Blum and Stephen Collier, who organized and helped the students through their presentations!

My one regret was that the two-hour block prevented me from seeing more than seven of the presentations!

The students and topics presented include:

  • Dina Aldad: “Sleepwalking Through Life”
  • Karan Amin: “Perfecting the Happiness Formula”
  • Sarah Amselem: “Living Abroud: Its True Importance”
  • Lucy Brancaccio: “Serial Killers: Evil or Ill?”
  • Megan Chau: “Speak Up—You’re Too Quiet”
  • Tony Deluxe: “The Perils of Populism”
  • Lauren Druz: “Social Media: Is it a True Connection?”
  • Lainey Fordin: “Traveling Away from the Resort”
  • Charlotte Goldbaum: “Criticism Makes Us Stronger”
  • Sofia Greenfield: “Shoulda Woulda Coulda (Battling Regret)”
  • Brittney Guerra: “Your Beauty Products are Killing You”
  • Jonathan Hahami: “Creating Teenage Millionaires—Corporations and Basketball”
  • Farah Hasan: “Why Humanity should NOT Strive for a Utopian Society”
  • Tiffany Jiao: “Fashion: More than Just Clothes”
  • Amanda Kim: “Putting Things Off—The Right Way”
  • Diana Kokotos: “That’s Not Me—Presenting Our True Selves”
  • Matt Kreitzer: “Professional Brain Damage (Football and Concussions)”
  • Kristen Leong: “Give Stress a Big Hug”
  • Pricilla Prasad: “The Teen Brain: Navigating Adolescence Through Biology”
  • Avani Ramnarayan: “Changing Traditional Ideas—with a Little Bit of Make-up”
  • Jacob Ribotsky: “Evolutionary Psychology’s Biggest Flaw”
  • Brooke Schwartz: “Feed the World—Not Your Phone”
  • John Scudero: “Stuck in the Middle With You (On Civil Discourse)”
  • Manan Shukla: “The Fermi’s Paradox: Life on Other Planets”
  • Vedant Singh: “Deriving the Relevance of Mathematics”
  • Caleb Varghese: “Chess: A Social and Educational Remedy”
  • Dustin Wong: “Why We Need Slang”
  • Justin Wu: “Pollution? Haven’t Heard That Name in Years”
  • Kenton Wu: “The Hidden Benefits of Laziness”
  • Camellia Ye: “Listening to the Dying Language of Trees”
  • Brandon Zhu: “Stop Trying to do Everything: The Real Recipe for Success”
  • Mara Zuckerman: “755 Months—Don’t Count Your Days; Make Your Days Count”

Wheatley Travelers Arrive in Peru!

We received the following update from Mrs. Simoes, Mrs. Principe-Franco and Mr. Rivero:

We would like to inform you that we arrived this morning to Lima , Peru. We were welcomed by every host family and then, transferred to SJM school as planned. Had a hearty breakfast,then the children were taken home to spend some time with their families before our day tour. We had an amazing day touring Lima downtown and other important landmarks.