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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olivia and Natalie
Olivia and Natalie
Aarushi and Kayla
Sage, Grace and Madeline
Sage, Grace and Madeline
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!
Last night, parents descended upon Wheatley to enjoy our annual Meet the Teacher Night. The hallways were filled with parents following their children’s nine-period schedule for the opportunity to learn about their children’s courses and meet their children’s teachers.
With the support of the PTO, parents enjoyed refreshments in the cafeteria. Thanks to the talents of our Tri-M Music Honor Society students, parents were entertained with music during the passing period. Finally, our National Honor Society students provided assistance to the parents circulating about the hallways.
It was a terrific night for all in attendance!
Wheatley has a wonderfully supportive Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). So much of the “extras” we are able to provide our students come through the support of the PTO. From pizza sales, breakfast sales, mini-grants and Showdown support, our PTO is a wonderfully supportive organization.
On this first Friday of the 2017-18 school year, our Wheatley staff was treated to a lovely breakfast supplied by the PTO! Terrific food, lovely decorations, and inspirational words made for a wonderful welcome back! Thank you to our PTO co-presidents Mrs. Karikas and Mrs. Soleimani —as well as the entire PTO — for this wonderful treat!
The opening of the 2017-18 school year started with our Senior Sunrise. Students in the graduating class gathered together on the athletic fields early this morning to watch the sun rise on the first morning of their Senior Year of school. (In the final week of classes, seniors will gather for their Senior Sunset.)
Thanks to the generous support of our Wheatley PTO, students were treated to bagels, muffins, fruit, coffee and juices!
The weather was beautiful and the sunrise was glorious! All bodes well for what promises to be a fantastic year for members of the Class of 2018!
Before all of the students arrive at our district’s three schools, we kick off the new year with an opening Convocation—this year’s held on Thursday morning. At this event, teachers, administrators, staff and community members throughout the district came together to meet new staff members and share their vision and hopes for the upcoming school years.
After a greeting from our Superintendent, Dr. Elaine Kanas, and our Board President, Mark Kamberg, the building principals (and our new PPS Director, Dr. Lynne Mazza) introduced the new staff members to the district. After everyone was introduced, we used Padlet to dynamically share or hopes for this new school year.
A highlight of this year’s Convocation was hearing for Bert Cumming, the President of the Class of 2018. In a thoughtful and appreciative manner, Bert shared his appreciation for each of the district’s schools, highlighting their importance in helping him develop into the outstanding student he has become.