Class of 2018 is Celebrated at the 61st Annual Commencement Exercises!

Earlier today, Wheatley held its 61st Commencement Exercises — this year in celebration of the Class of 2018! The 10:00 am ceremony included four wonderful musical performances and four impressive student speeches. It was a moving ceremony befitting this remarkable graduating class.

Congratulations to all of the graduates and their families!

You can view a copy of the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2018

Meet our 2018 PTO Recognition Award Students!

The penultimate award given during the Academic Awards Evening is the PTO Student Recognition award.

The purpose of this award is to recognize two deserving seniors who exhibit the qualities we value and encourage in our young people:

  • Kindness, respect, and tolerance for self, others and the environment
  • Good judgment and decision making
  • High ethical standards and character
  • Sincerity
  • Dignity
  • Courage to overcome obstacles
  • Good citizenship
  • Dependability and helpfulness

These awards were presented by our PTO past-president, Mrs. Diane Cumming. Here is what was said about this year’s recipients:

This first recipient of the PTO Recognition Award exemplifies the spirit of Wheatley. Mature, confident, poised and persistent, her radiant smile and infectious sense of humor helps to break down barriers and bring people together. With an adventurous spirit, she has taken advantage of many new opportunities during her years at Wheatley.

A member of our Mock Trial Team, a Wheatley Welcomer, a cast member in our school musicals, a participant on our guidance advisory board, co-captain of our fencing team, and a peer tutor for Spanish, she has been engaged in so many facets of our school life. Along the way, she has improved the experiences of all those around her. Our community has benefitted from her positive outlook, and her presence will be missed next year!

On behalf of the Wheatley PTO, it gives me great joy to present the PTO Recognition Award to Caroline Crimmins.


This year’s second recipient of the PTO Recognition Award is the epitome of a well-rounded, highly successful high school student. An outstanding student who earned AP Scholar with Distinction recognition, he has also been a leader in a variety of community service initiatives both inside and outside of school. Described by his teachers as someone possessing the highest ethical standards, good judgment and impeccable character, he is a quiet yet forceful leader in our school and community, always looking to help others in any way possible.

A few days ago, his athletic talents were celebrated at the final Sports Awards Evening of his Wheatley career. On that night, he was recognized for his outstanding athletic achievement, dedication, sportsmanship and love of the game; tonight, we recognize him with the PTO Student Recognition Award.

On behalf of the Wheatley PTO, please join me in recognizing William Feil.

Class of 2018 Prepares to Say Goodbye at its Senior Sunset!

On 5 September 2017, the Class of 2018 greeted its Senior Year at Wheatley with a relatively new tradition: The Senior Sunrise. Earlier this evening, as students being their final week of classes at Wheatley, it was time to prepare for the end of its senior year with the Senior Sunset.

On a beautiful evening, members of the class came out to the fields to be the first to get their copy of the Aurora, Wheatley’s yearbook. With refreshments provided by the PTO, students snacked a bit, signed each others’ yearbooks and reviewed the Senior Year Goals cards they completed at the Senior Sunrise.

As the sun began to set, the class came together for one final group photo.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 for what has been a wonderful year!

Class of 2018 Makes an Entrance at its Senior Party!

Early this evening, members of the Class of 2018 arrived at school for their Senior Party. An annual tradition put on by the Wheatley PTO, the Senior Party permits members of the graduating class to celebrate in an intimate environment surround by their classmates and hosted by some of their parents. Starting Friday afternoon, the parents  (along with our amazing custodial staff) transformed the cafeteria into a Times Square themed area!

There will be more pictures of the dancing and celebrations, but here are pictures of the students as they arrived earlier this evening!

Students Celebrated at the 2018 Annual Academic Awards Evening!

On Thursday evening, hundreds of students, family members and community members gathered in the auditorium to celebrate our students’ academic, artistic and service achievements.

Students receive invitations to this evening without knowing what recognition they will receive. As such, there is excitement and anticipation in the air throughout the ceremony.

Each academic department presents awards to students who have excelled in classes. Additionally, there are community awards and some school-wide recognitions given. Some of the highlights of the evening occurred at the end, with the following recognitions:

PTO Teacher of the Year

This award is voted on by parents and given by our PTO. This year’s winner was Mr. Patrick Hurley.

Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action Award

This award is given in recognition of the senior who best illustrates the breadth and depth of leadership demonstrated by our former parent, Board Trustee and past president of the New York State School Boards Association. The recipient of this award was Megan Kirschner.

The Jim O’Brien Award

Named after a retired faculty member, this award is given to a junior who exudes honesty, integrity and a deep devotion to helping others. This year’s recipient was Sofia Greenfield.

PTO Recognition Award

This award is given by the PTO in recognition of a senior boy and girl who exemplify qualities such as kindness, good judgment, sincerity, dignity, good citizenship and dependability. This year’s recipients were Caroline Crimmins and William Feil.

The Wheatley Medals

These medals are given to the senior boy and girl who have exemplified the highest standards of scholarship, ethical conduct and service to the community. This year’s recipients were Ananya Bansal and Justin Vega.

You can view the entire program through this link: 2018 Academic Awards Night Full Program May18

[Thanks to Mr. Eckers for some of the photos!]

Connections Spring Fling Dance Brings Communities Together!

On Friday night, the Wheatley Cafeteria was transformed into a wonderful center of dancing, food and entertainment! Thanks to the work of our Connections/STEPP club and our Life Skills faculty members, students from many schools across Nassau County were able to enjoy a wonderful evening of camaraderie and activity. In addition to a terrific DJ, the evening included a cannoli station, fresh pizza and a photo booth. Students had a wonderful time!

[Thanks to Liza Laurino for some of the photos!]

 

 

 

 


 

You can view the photo booth pictures here: