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!


  • 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

Connections Holiday Dance is Worth the Wait!

Although there was disappointment when a winter storm caused the cancellation of our December Connections Holiday Dance, the wait was worth it! On Friday night, our cafeteria was filled with music, food, dancing and fun as students from across Nassau County joined our Connections Club for a wonderful dance!

Thank you to our wonderful PPS staff and our terrific parents for their support of this special event!



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:

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


More Wheatley Students Earn Girl Scouts Silver Award!

A few weeks ago, I shared news about three of our 9th graders earning their Girl Scouts Silver Award. In fact, we had a total of 10 Wheatley 9th Graders earn this presitigious recognition! All of these students were from Troop 1849, and they have been led since kindergarten by Mrs. Lauri Palmieri!

Congratulations to all of the students on earning this terrific recognition!

Troop 1849 – Silver Award Projects
  1. Alexandra Castiglie – “Launching 94 Superstars” – PS 94 is an underprivileged school that wanted to launch a volleyball team.  Aly recruited girls to try out and received a commitment from the school that practices and games would be held this year and going forward.  Aly was able to provide the team with all the necessary equipment including  t-shirts needed for a successful season.
  1. Jaclyn Denicker – “Organizing Headstart” – Headstart is program serving underprivileged children in a neighboring community.  Jaclyn built a cabinet to store the art supplies and winter gear she collected for the children.  She organized the supplies, toys and winter gear so the children have a better experience at Headstart.
  1. Kayla Gray and Aarushi Jain – “The Lending Library” – This project brought an accessible library to the residents of The Bristal.  Kayla and Aarushi built a cart and started a portable library at The Bristal.  The portable library makes books accessible to residents who can’t visit the library on their own.
  1. Madeline Lindenauer, Grace Quinn & Sage Silber – “Fostering Awareness for Foster Care” – Department of Social Services serves 300 children in foster care in Nassau County.  This project brought awareness to the system serving these children.  Madeline, Grace and Sage assembled birthday boxes containing everything needed for a birthday party.  They received commitments from troops to continue putting together boxes in 2018.
  1. Natalie Scudero and Olivia Palmieri – “Bringing Awareness to EB” – Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare genetic disease of which not many people are aware.  Children born with EB lack the protein Collagen VII. Without this protein, the skin is sheer because the layers are not fused together, and blisters occur at the slightest touch.  Natalie and Olivia solicited donations from various companies that manufacturer or distribute products needed by a local child suffering from this disease, they hosted a younger troop at a cupcake decorating class to receive additional donations, and educated the community about this terrible disease.
  1. Gabriella Testani – “Children Interview Room” – Children who are the subjects of family court cases are traumatized by what is going on in their homes.  The interview process can also be traumatic.  Gabriella set up a room to make these children more comfortable.  Gabriella painted a mural in the room and set up book and toy shelves.  The room is used by hundreds of children a month and will hopefully make them feel more comfortable when meeting with an attorney.


#Homecoming2017 Brings the Community Together Around Sports, Food, Games and Fundraising!

Our Homecoming Celebration was a terrific blend of sports, entertainment, food, games and even some fundraising! At Wheatley, Homecoming kicked off with our Pep Rally on Friday afternoon. Organized by our Student Senate, the Pep Rally featured our incredible Jazz Band (under the direction of Steve Fitzko), the introduction of our Fall teams by Student Senate members, and a Teacher v. Student “Pie in the Face” challenge that raised over $8,200 for Puerto Rican relief! You can see some photos and videos of the wonderful Pep Rally at #Homecoming2017 Kicks off with a Pep Rally and a Fundraiser!

After the Pep Rally, our Tri-M Music Honor Society presented “Rocktoberfest” for the community, a combination of music, seasonal activities and wonderful food! You can see some photos from this new event at Tri-M’s “Rocktoberfest” Celebrates Music and the Season!

On a lovely Saturday morning and afternoon, Wheatley volleyball and soccer teams competed. As the athletes were competing, community members enjoyed a wonderful International Food Court, DJ music and some bouncy houses!