Wheatley’s Career Fair Highlights Opportunities for the Future!

On Friday, 26 January, Wheatley held its third annual Career Fair. As part of the district’s goal to expose our students to some of the possible careers available to them beyond Wheatley and college, the Career Fair brought in a wide range of professionals to speak to our students. With the support of our community, nineteen different professionals spent time at Wheatley sharing information about their careers, their backgrounds and the interests that led them to pursue their current occupation.

The Career Fair presenters were assigned an individual classroom for their presentations. All 11th and 12th graders selected two different presenters to visit during the fair. The event proved to be quite informative for the students, and the presenters appreciated the interested demonstrated by our students!

The increased exposure to more career opportunities has been a district goal. The Career Fair was coordinated by Natalia McMillan!

CAREER FAIR 2018 PRESENTERS

  • Ms. Christina Del Gais – Occupational therapist
  • Ms. Melissa Lent Teixeira – Professor / Associate Director of the Bachelor of Science in Health Science (LIU – Brooklyn campus)
  • Mr. Drew Hambly – Morgan Stanley finance (see official title)
  • Dr. Priti Jain – Doctor (emergency and internal medicine)
  • Mr. Josh Kotin – Account Executive – NYC Football Club
  • Dr. Michael LaCasse – Physical therapist
  • Ms. Danielle Gruttadaurio – Forensic artist
  • Mr. Peter Fishkind – Law Clerk
  • Mr. Jerry Kelly – pharmaceutical salesman
  • Ms. Elizabeth C. Girardi Schoen – VP Global Environmental Sustainability
  • Mr. Michael Stein – English teacher (Herricks)
  • Mr. Brad Behar – Intellectual Patent Attorney / Civil engineer
  • Mr. Robert Fallarino – medical malpractice attorney
  • Mr. Daniel Krittman – computer science (artificial intelligence)
  • Ms. Christine Kim – Business administrator
  • Ms. Raffaela Dunne – real estate development advisory consulting business/degree in both environmental and structural engineering
  • Dr. Ruth Kohlmeier – Medical examiner
  • Dr. Roxene Gascoigne – endodontist
  • Mr. Rick Wilson – theatre, film, entertainment, and the arts

Curriculum and Activities Night Highlights Opportunities for Students!

As parents of our incoming 8th Graders (the Class of 2023) were learning more about their child’s first year at Wheatley, parents of current Wheatley students were learning more about the many offerings, programs and opportunities in grades 9-12 through our Curriculum and Activities Fair.

Over the course of the evening, parents were able to attend sessions on the following specific topics:

  • SWS/English options (for parents of 9th graders)
  • STEM Overview, including PLTW, Computer Science, Mathematics and Science offerings
  • College Level Course Offerings, including AP course options, Dual Enrollment courses, AP Capstone, alternative diploma pathways

Parents also had an opportunity to learn about our co-curricular offerings, including our many clubs and activities. It was an evening of information and activity! A huge “Thank You” to the department supervisors, club advisors, and classroom teachers who helped make this night both informative and exciting!

You can download some of the information distributed through the following links:

First Contact with Parents of the Class of 2023!

Last Thursday evening, we welcomed parents of incoming 8th Graders (the Class of 2023) to Wheatley so they could learn about Wheatley, our various curricular and co-curricular offerings and our ongoing support of all of our students. After providing parents with a brief overview of Wheatley (see below), we turned the program over to a panel of wonderful students who answered questions from parents.

The 8th grade student panelists were:

  • Maliha Ayaz
  • Daniel Solomon
  • Morenike Oshodi
  • Emma Khafif
  • Kristin Zachariah

     

Thank you to our Director of Guidance, Ms. Janna Varela, for organizing and moderating the student panel! Thank you as well to our wonderful Wheatley PTO for providing the refreshments for the evening!

Handouts from the evening include:

Ben Mathew Earns Student of the Quarter Recognition @NassauBOCES!

On Tuesday, November 28th, Wheatley Senior Benjamin Mathew was awarded the Student of the Quarter Award in the Business Service Skills Program for his academic and vocational endeavors at the Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center.

Benjamin’s teacher, Mrs. Savary, expressed support of Benjamin’s efforts, stating that Benjamin’s diligent work ethic and diverse array of vocational skills sets him apart from his peers. The Wheatley School is proud of Benjamin’s efforts and outstanding contribution to our student body.

Benjamin was recognized in a morning ceremony attended by Mr. Dalton (Barry Tech Principal), Mr. Dunphy (Barry Tech Assistant Principal), Dr. Mazza (our Director of PPS), Mr. Crotty (Ben’s teacher) and Mrs. Silverstein (Ben’s Guidance Counselor).

Keep up the great work Benjamin!

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

 

Wheatley’s Summer Opportunities Fair Draws a Huge Crowd!

With a wide-range of exciting opportunities, Wheatley’s Summer Opportunities Fair provided attendees with nearly thirty different options for enriching summer activities. The range of activities included academic, athletic, service and cultural arts programs for students of all ages. Travel opportunities abounded, with many programs combining language enrichment with service learning.

Wheatley is thankful for the efforts of our wonderful PTO for all of the efforts needed to put together this wonderful program!

For a listing of participants, click here: Wheatley SoF-exhibitors-2017

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Class of 2022 is Welcomed to Wheatley!

One of the wonderful aspects of working in a school is the sense of rebirth that comes with the start of every school year! With new students, new staff members, new supplies and new initiatives, the start of the school year brings with it the opportunity to continue working and improving on our school’s mission.

This past Tuesday and Wednesday, our Guidance Department, our Wheatley Welcomers and many of our faculty welcomed its newest students: members of the Class of 2022! As part of the 8th Grade Orientation, students had an opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities, including:

  • a tour the building and a walk-through of their schedule
  • a highlight of some of the parts of the student agenda
  • a presentation on Social Media safety from Officer Ramon Lajara from the NCPD
  • team building activities through our “Guidance Olympics”
  • a presentation on resolving problems and issues as a student
  • pickup of their Chromebook
  • pickup of their locks and selection of their lockers

With over 115 students participating in the orientation program, the two half-days were filled with fun and excitement!

[Thanks to Dawn Muscarnera for the photos!]

Class of 2017 Celebrates at Wheatley’s 60th Commencement Exercises!

Earlier today, Wheatley held its 60th Commencement Exercises — this year in celebration of the Class of 2017! The 10:00 am ceremony included four wonderful musical performances and four impressive student speeches. It was a moving ceremony befitting Wheatley’s 60th graduating class! The ceremony also debuted the new Commencement Gowns!

Congratulations to all of the graduates and their families!

You can view a copy of the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2017