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!
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!]
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:
- Lynn Kaye (NS-Ret.)
- Joseph Virgilio (WR)
- Birthe Seferian
Herbert Cumming IV
- John Coyne (NS)
- Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
- Ashley Rogala
- John Coyne (NS)
- Michelle Santoro (WR)
- Christina Cambria
- Kara Fraser (NS)
- Natalie Brew (WR)
- Danielle Calvagno
- Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
- Adam Plana
- Lauren Walbroehl
- Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
- Mary Martinez
- Cynthia Schwartz
- Patrick Clarke
- Timothy Schwalm
- Kelly Powers (NS)
- Kristen Kandell (WR)
- Michelle Chalfen
- Bonnie Klein (NS)
- Bridget Lennon (WR)
- Robert Teseo
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:
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
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:
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:
Daniel, Emma, Maliha, Kristin and Morenike