8th Grade Heads to Manhattan for Some Real-World Learning!

Yesterday, on a beautiful December day, students in grade eight enjoyed interactive educational experiences in Lower Manhattan.  Half of our students went to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and half of our students went to the World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge.  Students were able to explore the urban environment they are studying in social studies.

At the Tenement Museum, students saw first-hand the crowded living spaces they are studying in their Immigration and Progressive Age units.  The docents and teachers worked with our students to understand the daily living, learning, and working routines of millions of New Yorkers and the struggles they faced to “make it” in America.  Through the museum visit and a walking tour of the neighborhood, students learned about immigrant life at the turn of the twentieth century on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

At the World Trade Center, students visited the September 11, 2001 memorial before boarding giant interactive elevators to the top of One World Observatory.  At the top, teachers helped students identify historic sites and major buildings in and around New York City.  The clear weather provided spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Trinity Church, Wall Street, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, Central Park, and major bridges connecting Manhattan with New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Queens.  Students then walked to and across the Brooklyn Bridge, where they learned about its construction and importance in New York City history.

Thank you to all our chaperones:  Mr. Clarke (who expertly led a walking tour!), Ms. Clarke, Mr. Ardito, Ms. Topping, Mr. Michael Haig, Mr. Schwalm, Mr. Chisholm, Mr. Gadamowitz, Mr. Rivero, Mr. Crotty, Mr. Yallowitz, Dr. Dourigan, and special guest Mr. Shanahan.  In January, students will have the opportunity to visit the other sites.  We are looking forward to the next excursion!

[Thank you to Dr. Eckers for the write-up and to Dr. Eckers and Mr. Gadamowitz for the photos.]

Wheatley Students Attend Dodge Poetry Festival!

Students from Wheatley at the Geraldine R Dodge Poetry Festival on Friday.  We joined thousands of attendees at this celebration of poetry—listening to poets from Sandra Cisneros and Elizabeth Alexander to young spoken word poetry artists read and perform their work and discuss their craft.  Students were inspired by the wide variety of poets they encountered, including former US Poets Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winners. On this special day, high school students have an opportunity to interact with working poets from a diverse background.

Two dozen 9th through 12th graders were chosen to attend, including Vintage members, students from an SWS class studying these contemporary poets and other student writers who simply love poetry.

It was an exhilarating day for all in attendance!

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

Students Replace SWS Planting Beds during our Day of Service and Learning!

Wheatley’s School-Within-A-School is a democratic, student-run learning community that provides innovative learning and leadership opportunities for students. Many

A number of years ago, SWS began a garden unit and created plant beds for organic farming. Those planting beds were made of repurposed wood and served the school well for the past eight years. As part of this year’s Day of Service and Learning, students built new planting beds to replace the original ones that were simply worn out. Additionally, new soil was added to the beds, and the entire area was cleaned.

A huge “thank you” to Mr. Clarke, Mr. Storck, Mr. Dunn, Mr. Henao and Mr. Chisholm for their leadership of what proved to be an incredibly productive group of students!

(Thanks to Pat Clarke for some of the pictures!)

2018 Regents and Advanced Placement Data Presentation

Wheatley has long prided itself on creating an environment in which students are able to succeed in a variety of different ways. Students have demonstrated excellence in a wide range of artisticscientifichistoricalmathematicallinguistic and athletic pursuits…just to name a few!

Wheatley students have also been successful in both state and national examinations. At last night’s Board of Education work session, an overview of the Regents examinations results and the Advanced Placement results was presented to the community. You can view a copy of the presentation below:

Wheatley Data Overview Oct18

Wheatley Data Overview Oct18

Wheatley Announces 20 AP Capstone Diploma Students!

The AP Capstone Diploma Program is a program designed to provide students with an opportunity to connect the content taught in subject-specific Advanced Placement courses with the skills necessary to conduct interdisciplinary research.

The program is anchored on two courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Each course is one year long, and students begin taking them in 10th or 11th grade. The College Board describes the courses as follows:

AP Seminar is a year-long course that has students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Students learn to synthesize information from different sources, develop their own lines of reasoning in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.

AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question.

Students who successfully pass these two courses and also pass four additional AP examinations earn the AP Capstone Diploma designation. This distinction is recognized on the Common Application Counselor forms and is recognized by colleges across the country.

Wheatley began the AP Capstone at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. As such, 2017-18 school year was the first year in which Wheatley students could have earned the Capstone Diploma. At the end of two years, 20 students earned AP Capstone Diploma status, with ten of these students earning this designation by the end of their junior year! Wheatley’s first class of Capstone Diploma students is as follows (members of the Class of 2019 are designated with an asterisk).

  • Karan Amin*
  • Adeel Anwar
  • Samuel Avila
  • Antony Deluxe*
  • Lauren Druz*
  • Sana Haroon
  • Farah Hasan*
  • Tiffany Jiao*
  • Charlotte Kaminsky
  • Abhishek Kumar
  • Mary Ma
  • Alexandra Ostad
  • Alexander Pannullo*
  • Mahesh Pitchayan*
  • Vedant Singh*
  • Saman Suleman
  • Caleb Varghese*
  • Ally Wang
  • Kenton Wu*
  • Anne Yan

Additionally, Brooke Schwartz* earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. This is given to students who have passed the two Capstone courses but not yet passed the four required AP examinations. (Brooke is certain to earn the Capstone Diploma this year!)

Congratulations to all of the students who have challenged themselves in this comprehensive program. Thank you as well to all of the AP teachers who have supported the students throughout the years. Finally, thank you to our Science Director, Alexis Pace, and our Social Studies Teacher, Andrew Ardito, for their leadership roles implementing the program!

English TenP Talks Highlight Student Passions!

On Wednesday, 6 June1 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 Vanessa Mahnkens and Stephen Collier, who organized and helped the students through their presentations!

My one regret was that the format of the evening prevented me from seeing more than nine presentations!

The students and topics presented include:

  • Rahul Ajmera: LMFAO: Why It’s imperative that we laugh
  • Alison Amarain: Punch Stress in the Face
  • Kaya Amin: The Simple Step to Dealing with Stress: Mastering your Mindset
  • Kavina Amin: Listening and Learning from the Other Side
  • Zach Azevado: How Bad Decisions Lead to the Greatest Life Lessons
  • Alyssa Belle: Are Doctors Killing Us?
  • Robert Boubour: Observe, Question, Analyze, Reflect: Getting More Out of Less
  • Patrick Brady: Lost in Translation
  • Maggie Caroddo: Surfing Your Stress Away
  • Eric Chu: The Influence of Cinema
  • Matthew Cornacchia: A Thermostat for the Earth
  • Aidan Cozzolino: The Beauty of Video Games
  • Peter Cuomo: Memes: Ubiquitous and Potent
  • Deana Druz: My Anxiety Gives me Anxiety
  • Kaitlyn Ducroiset: Unequal Education is Barbarous
  • Sofia Fuertes: The Inspiring Power of Dance
  • Derek Gilbert: What Diseases Can You Smell on your Breath?
  • Mariam Goher: Let me sleep just 5 more minutes
  • Katie Gold: How Physical Activity Affects Stress
  • Elizabeth Ho: Hey Moms! Don’t Ban Me from Fortnit
  • Alex Horowitz: The Power of Words
  • Eileen Huerta: Should the Private lives of Famous People be off limits
  • Hitangee Jain: The Misconceptions of the Vegetarian Diet
  • Ansh Jhaveri: Why I’m Brown
  • Megan Kaye: The Dangers of Initiation
  • Sanjana Khanna: What the US could learn about learning
  • Teddy Koutsoftas: Riddle Me This
  • Hema Kumar: Are You Self-Diagnosed with Mental Illness?
  • Rachel Lee: Let’s Celebrate Procrastination…Later
  • Eliana Li: Feigned Ignorance is Bliss
  • Karen Li: How Are You?  I’m Busy!
  • Ilana Nimkoff: Food Allergies:  The effect they can have on people
  • Natalia Potrapeluk: The Power of Color
  • Madison Ramos: Why You should and shouldn’t be a Hermione Granger
  • Orell Rayhan: Seeking Discomfort
  • Brenden Resnick: Human Transit: Change Your Perception of Public Transportation
  • Diya Shah: So, You Think You Can’t Dance
  • Kiran Shaikh: Small Hands, Big Responsibilities
  • Dean Sheinman: The Power of Superstitions
  • Rebecca Sparacio: Does Starbucks Make Star Students?  The Coffee Diploma
  • Amanda Ustick: Striding for Success
  • Ashley Vincenzo: I Swear I’m Normal:  Only Child Syndrome
  • Aidan Wong: Play With a Purpose
  • Trenton Wong: College Applications: Are they too competitive
  • Erin Wu: The Key to Happiness
  • Emily Yagoda: How to Change the World with a Single Dollar
  • Alia Yamin: Why We should turn back time
  • Aaron Zachariah: Internet of Things and Future of Technology
  • Becca Zeltsman: We are More than just a number
  • Allison Zheng: Art’s Life Lessons
  • Brenda Zhong: Post-Colonial Obsession: America’s Fascination with the British Royal Family
  • Sharon Zhong: Community of the Not-So-Future

Long Island Maritime Traditions Share Expertise with Wheatley!

As part of an ongoing partnership between the East Williston School District, Long Island Traditions and the Regional Studies Program, students in Dr. Staudt’s course were treated to a wonderful morning of hands-on learning on Friday, 13 April.

As part of this partnership program, students learn about the history of the maritime industry on Long Island, examining its transition from a subsistence occupation to one that once supplied over 75% of the nation’s shellfish.   They also learn how technological and fiscal challenges affect the industry.  Students learn from fishermen and baymen what kinds of ecological and economic changes have occurred and how government, scientists and fishermen have both collaborated and differed on seeking solutions for problems.   In addition, students learn about the designs of tools used by fishermen such as nets, decoys, traps, boats and other objects that incorporate traditional design elements. They learn about the traditional design principles embodied in these tools and how they have changed over time. This program is part of the College Regional Studies course developed and taught by Dr. John Staudt.

Students from Dr. Staudt’s classes were thoroughly engaged by the presentations and the opportunity to try the hands-on work of these maritime artists.