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

Students and Staff Celebrated at our 13th Annual “In Recognition of Excellence” Dinner

Earlier this evening, 14 June, our 13th Annual In Recognition of Excellence dinner was held. During a very busy time of the year, this remains one of my favorite evenings. Through our students’ own voices, attendees are reminded of the deep and lasting impact our faculty have on our students’ academic, emotional and social lives. The celebration of the relationships formed and connections made is what makes for such a special evening!

With so much talent in our school, it is still possible for some students to not get the recognition that they deserve. To recognize these students, the In Recognition of Excellence award was introduced eleven years ago. This honor is given to a group of students who have demonstrated outstanding service to school and community, demonstrated respect and concern for fellow students, and set high expectations for themselves as they have achieved their goals.

The recipients of this award were asked to select one teacher, staff member or coach from their experiences at North Side, Willets Road, and Wheatley who had the greatest positive impact on their life.

Congratulations to our recognized students and the faculty they acknowledged:

Jack Goldman

  • Donna Casano (NS)
  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Zachary Groveman

  • Kerri Spieler (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Cynthia Schwartz (Wh)

Allison LaMonica

  • Christopher Campbell (NS)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Ashley Rogala (Wh)

Julia Mongelluzzo

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Bridget Lennon (WR)
  • Kristen Guyton (Wh)

Dylan Nektalov

  • Kelly Powers (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Taylor Ribotsky

  • Jill Widyn (NS)
  • Karen Stein (WR)
  • Danielle Calvagno (Wh)

Micki Wain

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)

Joshua Wolff

  • Henry Kupstas (NS)
  • Denise Giulano (WR)
  • Steve Cadet (Wh)

Kevin Yi

  • Scott Hoefling (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Class of 2017 Celebrates College Decision Day!

Across the country, May 1st is recognized as College Decision Day. This is the day by which seniors must typically commit to their college of choice. Despite the fact that two weeks of Advanced Placement testing began today, members of the Class of 2017 used filled the hallways with their new school colors, celebrating an important landmark in years of effort and achievement. Throughout the day, @WheatleySchool tweeted pictures of the seniors, tagging the selected colleges as part of the Tweet. Congratulations to all members of the class for their ongoing success!

Here are some of the images from the day…

Curriculum and Activities Fair Showcases Student Opportunities and Offerings!

As parents of our incoming 8th Graders (the Class of 2022) 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/Social Studies options (for parents of 9th graders)
  • STEM Overview, including PLTW, Computer Science, Mathematics and Science offerings
  • World Language Exchange programs
  • 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:

The Robot was in the house!

Orientation for Parents of Incoming 8th Graders!

On Thursday evening, we welcomed parents of incoming 8th Graders (the Class of 2022) to Wheatley so they could learn about Wheatley, our 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:

Thank you to our Director of Guidance, Mr. Greg Wasserman, for 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:

Wheatley Doors are Open For Alumni Day 2016!

Each year, Wheatley welcomes recent graduates back so that they might share their wisdom and experiences to our older students. This Alumni Day event has been a highlight of the year for faculty and students alike.

This year, scores of students returned to Wheatley for Alumni Day. Although many of them spent time interacting informally with students and teachers, several alumni participated in an informative panel discussion led by two members of the Class of 2017: Lianna Golden and Lindsay Mosca. During this panel discussion, our recent alumni were able to share what they learned during their first few months at college, what they learned through the college application process and what students should expect when they head off to college.

We are thankful for the participation of our students and the organization of Lauren Silverstein, who took care of all the details necessary to make alumni day a success for all!