SUPA Forensics Students Solve “Crimes” in the Field

SUPA Forensics is one of two Dual Enrollment classes we offer through Syracuse University Project Advance.  Students who take Dual Enrollment courses earn college credit for the course, credit that is awarded through a transcript from the partner institution.

On Friday, 31 May, thirty-five SUPA Forensics students participated in three crime scene excavation and processing scenarios on the campus of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).  The two scenes “created” for the students included a clandestine grave and one body in a rug roll.

Using techniques taught by Ms. Chanin-Bermudez throughout the year, students were hands-on in the approach, removal and tagging of any evidence located while unearthing each site.

The scenes were created and supervised by Asst Professor/retired NYPD Deputy Inspector of Police, Andrew Costello and colleagues Gary Gomula, retired Deputy Chief and Josephine Curry, retired Detective.  It was an informative and educational experience for all!

[Thanks to Ms. Chanin-Bermudez for the write-up and the photos!]

Our English 10H Students Share their Passions through “10H Talks”

On Thursday, 30 May, students in our English 10 Honors courses invited friends, family and special guests to the fourth annual “English 10H 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, who organized and helped the students through their presentations!

Due to the fact that multiple sessions ran simultaneously, the format of the evening prevented an individual from attending more than 8 complete presentations.

The students and topics presented include:

  • Umar Ahmad: “It’s All Too Much: Stress’s Impact on Our Lives”
  • Zain Akhtar: “Video Games: More Useful Than We Think”
  • Adam Aldad: “The Ever Growing American Divide”
  • Huda Ayaz: “Media Diversity: Why It’s a Problem and How We Can Fix It”
  • Ali Bhalloo: “Fake News: The Growing Crisis of Fake Conspiracies”
  • Alexandra Castiglie: “Running the Impossible Mile: A Glimpse Into Depression”
  • Anya Chabria: “Superheroes and Society: What Captain Marvel Says About Us”
  • Karen Chu: “Let’s Talk About Talking: Bilingualism’s Effect on Personal Ideology”
  • Nadav Cohen: “The Olympic Games: The Greatest War (1896-present)”
  • Grace Ducroiset: “Why You Need to Take More Vacations”
  • Sarah Fieldman: Why EQ is Just as Important as IQ
  • Jonathan Friedrich: “The Modern School System: For Better or For Worse”
  • Paula Gbenebitse: “The Dangers of Political Polarization”
  • Sana Goher: “Do We Need Sleep?”
  • Saad Haroon: Social Media: How Connection Breeds Disconnection
  • Sarah Hassan: “70,925 Minutes: How Streaming Has Changed Our Interactions with Music”
  • Ubaidullah Hassan: Have We Been Sleeping Wrong?
  • Aarushi Jain: “When your child begins to lie, Celebrate! Dance! Bake a pie!”
  • Layla Jarrahy: “The Power of Music: How it has Shaped our Languages and Cultures”
  • Pukhraj Kaur: “To Become Yourself, Know Yourself”
  • Emma Leng: Musical Training Can Train Your Brain
  • Alexandra Levine: “The Causes and Perils of Modern Antisemitism”
  • Thomas Lew: “Evolution of Comedy in Superhero Movies”
  • Cathy Li: “Imaginary Friends with Real Benefits”
  • Freddy Lin: Out of Eden: The Mediocrity of Evil
  • Jason Liu: School is a Part-Time Job
  • Rayhan Meghji: “Artificial Intelligence: The Future Of Human Relationships”
  • Anika Mittle: “The (Brain) Power of Music”
  • Eric Ness: “Modern Art: An Exploration of Changing Perceptions”
  • Temitope Oshodi: “Traumatic Brain Injury and Its Lasting Effects on Athletes and Soldiers”
  • Olivia Palmieri: “One Step at a Time: Dancing for Better Health”
  • Iman Pirzada: “Innovating for Athletes: Combating Sports Injuries”
  • Laken Pomerantz: “The College Admissions Process: Are We Lying Our Way Into College?”
  • Kayla Roberts: “My Quest to Discover Why We Have Color Preferences”
  • Arielle Rokhsar: “Stop Snapping, Start Snoozing”
  • Isabella Roudbai: “Using Social Media to Change the World”
  • Samar Saleem: “The Importance of the Arts: A Continuing Necessity in Today’s Education”
  • Dalia Savy: “The Bilingual Brain: How it Functions and Why it Matters”
  • Natalie Scudero: “Cheesin’ for a Reason: The Psychological and Physical Benefits of Smiling”
  • Astha Singh: “It’s Time to De-Phone Your Toddlers”
  • Gabriella Testani: “Political Correctness vs. Effective Comedy”
  • Andrew Thaler: “More Than Video Games: The Importance of Virtual Reality in Medicine”
  • Matthew Valle: “Sports: More Mental than Physical”
  • Brianna Werny: “Failure: A Requirement for Success”
  • Elizabeth Yuen: “Wait….it’s due today?: The Causes of and Misconceptions About Procrastination”
  • Lucy Zha: “Misspelling in Writing: AutoCorrect Your “AotoCurrect”

Seventeen Wheatley Students Earn Medals at the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair!

On Friday, 12 April, 17 Wheatley students headed to Hofstra University in order to compete in the annual Al Kalfus Long Island Mathematics Fair.

Students from across Long Island came to compete at this prestigious event. Each student wrote a research paper on a mathematics topic of their own choosing.  Top papers often have the students’ own creative twists and original mathematics as part of their research. Students presented their research to a panel of judges followed by a question and answer period.  Achieving at this level is an extraordinary accomplishment for high school students!

We are proud to announce we had 5 students win gold medals, 5 students win silver and 7 students win bronze medals.

Thank you to Mr. Belackas, Mr. Gadamowitz, Mr. Meyers and Mr. Paulson for volunteering as judges. Thank you as well to Dr. Teseo for serving as their coach and providing the write-up and photos.

Last First Grade Paper Title Medal
Gulati Shrey 9 Magic Squares Gold
Pahuja Armaan 9 Chaos Theory and its effects on Meteorological Predictions Bronze
Prajapati Krittika 9 Binary Numbers Bronze
Wong Justin 9 The Influence of Replacing Prime Numbers in Public Key Cryptography Silver
Bansal Manav 10 Mathematical Models Utilizing Differential Equations to Model Tumor Growth Gold
Chabria Anya 10 The Applications of Mathematics in Literature Bronze
Hassan Sarah 10 Applying Linear Animation Using Mathematics Programming and Art Bronze
Jayam Viraj 10 Examining Functions Under Quasi-Stereographic Projections Gold
ArbitalJacoby Alex 11 Calculating Atomic Radius Bronze
Ramos Madison 11 Mathematical Modeling Neural Networks Silver
Wong Trenton 11 It’s all about that Base: Three-Halves Gold
Yagoda Emily 11 Solving Rubik’s Cube with Musical Chord Progressions Silver
Zachariah Aaron 11 Transfinite Numbers Silver
Zhong Sharon 11 Wind Resistance and Failure Analysis Bronze
Shukla Manan 12 The Banach Tarski Paradox Gold
Singh Vedant 12 Using Optimization to Increase Efficiency Silver

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Kenton Earns a PERFECT Score on Advanced Placement Examination!

Earlier this month, I received news that Kenton Wu (Class of 2019) was one of only 111 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Research Examination he took last year! AP Examinations are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 5 equivalent to a grade of A in the corresponding college course.

Kenton went beyond a score of 5, however! He earned every possible point on the exam!

This is a most impressive accomplishment, and we congratulate Kenton for earning this recognition. We are also thankful to his AP Research teacher, Mrs. Alexis Pace, for her support and encouragement!

Wheatley Students Succeed in Advancing to Finals of Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair!

On Friday, 1 March, sixteen Wheatley students competed at the Nassau County round of the Al Kalfus Long Island Mathematics Fair at Hofstra University.  Students from schools across Nassau County came to compete at this regional qualifier. Students wrote papers on a mathematics topic that they have not studied in the traditional curriculum.  Top papers often have the students’ own creative twists as well as original mathematics as part of their research!

On the day of the competition, students had 15 minutes to present their research to a panel of judges followed by a question and answer period.  Achieving at this level is an extraordinary accomplishment for high school students! We are proud of all of our students who participated!

We are honored to announce we will have fifteen students who will be moving to the final round of the Mathematics Fair, which will take place at Hofstra on April 12th.

Please find below the names of the students who competed in the qualifying round as well as the title of their project.

  • Alex ArbitalJacoby (Calculating Atomic Radius)
  • Alyssa Belle (Preventing Motion Sickness in Virtual Reality)
  • Anya Chabria (The Applications of Mathematics in Literature)
  • Shrey Gulati (Magic Squares)
  • Sarah Hassan (Applying Linear Animation Using Mathematics Programming and Art)
  • Viraj Jayam (Examining Functions Under Quasi-Stereographic Projections)
  • Jack Lindenauer (Fibonacci Numbers)
  • Manav Bansal (Mathematical Models Utilizing Differential Equations to Model Tumor Growth)
  • Eric Ness (Logic and Arguments)
  • Armaan Pahuja (Chaos Theory and its effects on Meteorological Predictions)
  • Krittika Prajapati (Binary Numbers)
  • Madison Ramos (Mathematical Modeling Neural Networks)
  • Justin Wong (The Influence of Replacing Prime Numbers in Public Key Cryptography)
  • Trenton Wong (It’s all about that Base: Three-Halves)
  • Aaron Zachariah (Transfinite Numbers)
  • Sharon Zhong (Wind Resistance and Failure Analysis)

It should also be noted that Emily Yagoda will be presenting her topic (Solving Rubik’s Cube with Musical Chord Progressions), this coming week at the Suffolk round due to a scheduling conflict.

A big thank you goes to Mary Alexis Pace, DJ Paulson, John Beleckas, and Kasey Caracciolo for chaperoning.

[Thank you to Dr. Robert Teseo for the write-up and the photo!]

Math Fair Prelim Round 2019

Wheatley 8th Graders Complete “Round 2” of their Real World Learning Trip to New York City!

On Friday, 25 January, our 8th-grade students enjoyed “part two” of their New York City trip.  Students in Dr. Eckers and Ms. Clarke’s classes arrived at the memorial pools of the World Trade Center before ascending 102 flights to the observation decks of One World Observatory.  On the way up, students experienced interactive walls showing the transformation of Manhattan Island from prehistoric times through today, including the Dutch and English colonial eras, Federalist Era, Industrial Revolution, New Deal, and construction of the original towers.  At the top, students viewed important historic and cultural sites of New York City, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, Empire State Building, Broadway, City Hall, and Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Manhattan, George Washington, and Verrazzano Bridges,.  The sunny day truly enabled students to “see forever” atop the building.  We were treated to some spectacular views of New York Harbor, the Hudson and East Rivers, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and New Jersey.  Students were impressed with the aircraft flying lower than the building!  After lunch, we walked to and across the Brooklyn Bridge, learning about Roebling, suspension bridges, and the effects of linking two of the world’s great cities in the late 19th century.

Students in Mr. Haig’s and Mrs. Topping’s classes visited the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where they worked with educators and docents to understand what life was like in immigrant neighborhoods of New York City.  By studying artifacts and walking through the cramped living and working spaces, students could see firsthand the difficulties of “making it” in America.  Perhaps the streets weren’t all “paved with gold,” as the old anecdote goes.  Outside the tenements, our own Mr. Patrick Clarke took groups of students on walking tours of the neighborhood, pointing out famous and significant sites such as the Jarmulowsky Bank, Forward Building, Seward Park, Loew’s Theatre, historic schools, eateries, and streets that were once jam-packed with pushcarts.

All eighth-grade students recently completed units in immigration and city life at the “Turn of the Century,” focusing on the Progressive Era and the growth of New York City.  These trips were excellent opportunities for students to explore the people and places in their textbooks and classroom lessons.  Students in all classes have now taken both trips and are ready to move on to units featuring the United States as a world power.

Thank you to Dr. Eckers for the write-up of this trip! Thank you as well to Dr. Eckers and Mr. Gadamowitz for the photos below!

Orientation for Parents of Incoming 8th Graders!

On Thursday evening, we welcomed parents of incoming 8th Graders (the Class of 2024) to Wheatley so they could learn more about our school, its many offerings and our ongoing support of all of our students. After providing parents with a varied overview of Wheatley, we turned the program over to a panel of wonderful students who answered questions from parents.

The 8th grade student panelists were:

  • Emma Azevedo
  • Mahdi Bhalloo
  • Sonia Patel
  • Evan Sheinman
  • Alex Wigginton

Thanks to our Director of Guidance, Mrs. Janna Varela, for moderating the student panel! Thank you as well to our leadership team for assisting with the evening:

  • Dr. Klapper (Assistant Principal)
  • Mrs. Anderson (World Language Chair)
  • Mr. Collier (English Chair)
  • Dr. Eckers (Social Studies Chair)
  • Mr. Kemnitzer (Director of Technology)
  • Mrs. Pace (Science Director)
  • Dr. Teseo (Mathematics and Business)
  • Mrs. Varela (Guidance Director)

Handouts from the evening included:

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