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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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!]