Wheatley’s Career Fair Provides Students with Insights to Life Beyond Wheatley!

On Friday, 25 January, Wheatley held its annual Career Fair in order to expose our students to some of the possible careers available to them outside of Wheatley and college. With the support of our community, twenty different professionals spent time at Wheatley sharing information about their careers, their backgrounds and the interests that led them to pursue their current career.

The Career Fair presenters were assigned an individual classroom for their presentations. All 11th and 12th graders were asked to select two different presenters to visit during the fair. Students were later asked to write a reflection on their career fair choices and the presentations.

The increased exposure to more career opportunities has been an ongoing district goal. A huge “Thank You” to the presenters. Thank you especially to Natalia McMillan for her work organizing the event!

This year’s Career Fair Presenters included:

  1. Danielle Gruttadaurio – Forensic artist
  2. Ruth Kohlmeier – Medical examiner (Suffolk County)
  3. Drew Hambly – Finance (Morgan Stanley)
  4. Jacqueline Tobin – Magazine Editor-in-chief
  5. Jerry Kelly – Director of Business Development (medical)
  6. Michael Stein – English teacher (Herricks)
  7. Brad Behar – Intellectual patent attorney/civil engineer
  8. Rick Wilson – Theatre director, actor, musician and educator (Wheatley teacher)
  9. Joshua Gluck – FDNY paramedic
  10. Dr. Justine Golden – Psychologist
  11. Sean Christensen – Retired US Marine Captain/Program Director (non-profit org.)
  12. Samantha Holze – Director of Marketing and Ecommerce
  13. James LoBello – Director of Security of The Americas Lufthansa Cargo (Homeland Security)
  14. Corey Moran – FDNY firefighter
  15. Daniel Krittman – Computer science (artificial intelligence)
  16. Amanda K. Dhennin, (MLS) ASCP – Medical laboratory scientist
  17. Josh Kotin – Account Executive, NYC Football Club (Wheatley Graduate)
  18. Marissa Lando – Broadcast producer (Wheatley Graduate)
  19. Michal LaCasse – Physical therapist
  20. Petty Officer Maloney – U.S. Naval Officer

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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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

Six Wheatley Students Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists!

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named six Wheatley seniors as Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students earning this prestigious honor are:

  • Antony Deluxe
  • Amanda Kim
  • Vedant Singh
  • Kenton Wu
  • Camellia Ye
  • Brandon Zhu

As Semifinalists, these students scored in the top one percent of the more than 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who entered the program by taking the PSAT last year.

The 16,000 national Semifinalists are now eligible to compete for Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the Finalist level of competition.  About 15,000 of the Semifinalists are expected to become Finalists, and approximately half of the Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.

Congratulations and good luck to Tony, Amanda, Vedant, Kenton, Camellia and Brandon!

Orientation for the Class of 2023!

Each year, we are fortunate to welcome a new grade to our learning community. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, members of the Class of 2023 participated in an orientation program designed to familiarize them with the school, their schedule, their lockers and many of the teachers that they will have during the year. There were also activities designed to help them connect with each other, set goals for the year and ask questions about their fears or concerns. They also competed in the Guidance Olympics (at the end of which Ms. Meyer’s students earned the victory).

Assisting us with this orientation program were our Guidance Department and our Wheatley Welcomers, students who assist new students as they transition to Wheatley.

[Thanks to Ms. Varela and Mrs. Silverstein for some of the photos and videos!]


Our 14th Annual “In Recognition of Excellence” Dinner Celebrates Students and Staff!

Last night, 13 June, our 14th 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 has 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 fourteen 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:

Brett Bloomberg

  • Lynn Kaye (NS-Ret.)
  • Joseph Virgilio (WR)
  • Birthe Seferian (W)

Herbert Cumming IV

  • John Coyne (NS)
  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Ashley Rogala (W)

Nicole Hetzel

  • John Coyne (NS)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Christina Cambria (W)

Brett Katz

  • Kara Fraser (NS)
  • Natalie Brew (WR)
  • Danielle Calvagno (W)

Alexandra Ostad


  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Adam Plana (W)
  • Lauren Walbroehl (W)

Hannah Ostad

  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Mary Martinez (W)
  • Cynthia Schwartz (W)

Jesse Romano

  • Patrick Clarke (W)
  • Timothy Schwalm (W)

Michele Strocchia

  • Kelly Powers (NS)
  • Kristen Kandell (WR)
  • Michelle Chalfen (W)

Aiden Wong

  • Bonnie Klein (NS)
  • Bridget Lennon (WR)
  • Robert Teseo (W)

Class of 2018 Shows its Colors on #NationalDecisionDay!

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. Today, members of the Class of 2018 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 of the day: