On Saturday afternoon, nearly 100 of our community Senior Citizens enjoyed a wonderful luncheon followed by a special matinee production of Xanadu: The Musical! This annual tradition was organized and supported by the efforts of the following staff:
- Linda Leff
- Allison Chanin-Bermudez
- Joan Anderson
- Diane Fezza
- Barbara Klein
- Karen Love
Additionally, a number of students volunteered their time to serve the community members, including:
- Rachel Fuzaylov
- Diana Lee
- Mary Ma
- Ethan Moreh
- Sumu Pitchayan
- Jessica Poomkudy
- Jesse Romano
- Cooper Tanenhaus
- Alice Ye
During the luncheon, members of the cas spent time intermingling with the attendees.
Thanks to Linda Leff for the photos of this wonderful event!
Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of presenting Wheatley’s proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year. We are fortunate to be able to continue to provide a broad offering of courses and programs for our students. This happens because of the ongoing support of our community, our Board of Education and our Superintendent of Schools.
Next year, we are excited about the opportunity to continue to expand our new AP Capstone program. With the AP Research Course, students will have the opportunity to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, issue or idea of individual interest. Students design, plan and implement a yearlong investigation to address the research questions, preparing an academic paper and presentation along the way. Additionally, our Project Lead the Way program is growing into its fourth year with the addition of the Principles of Engineering course. We will have four grades of students using Chromebooks, and we will continue to support our students in all grades. We will also be expanind our Computer Science offerings through the addition of an AP Computer Science Principles course. Additionally, we will expand our co-teaching offerings for students, and — through an ongoing commitment to field trips and student clubs — we will also expand opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom.
You can view the budget presentation through the following link: Wheatley Budget Presentation_Mar17
The Wheatley staff is fortunate to have a supportive and engaging group of parents. Throughout the year, the Wheatley PTO supports our students and faculty through after-school food sales (on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), breakfast offerings during the testing period, and mini-grants throughout the year.
One of the most special occasions, however, is the Staff Appreciation Luncheon that the PTO hosts each year. On this day, the PTO takes over Room 450, decorates it in a festive manner, and puts out mountains of food and treats — all served with a smile by our wonderful parents. This year’s Staff Appreciation Luncheon took place on Thursday, and it was a wonderful event! Thank you once again to all of the Wheatley families who helped make the luncheon a special event for all! Thank you in particular to our PTO co-presidents, Mrs. Karikas and Mrs. Cumming!
Over the past several years, there has been a proliferation of organizations promoting lists of the top high schools in the country. Readers of this blog may recall some of my posts outlining some of the serious errors in these ranking lists (see http://wp.me/p3RKEP-4io and http://wp.me/p3RKEP-9iI, for example).
At last night’s Board of Education meeting, I presented an overview of the state and national ranking of high schools. As part of the presentation, I described the steps Wheatley could take if it wanted to focus on its national rankings.
You can view the presentation through the link below:
Wheatley and National Rankings Feb17
On Friday, 27 January, Wheatley held its second annual Career Fair. As part of the district’s goal to expose our students to some of the possible careers available to them outside of 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 career.
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 2017 Presenters
- Michael Baltzer – Airline Pilot
- John Becker – homicide detective
- Brad Behar – Intellectual patent attorney and engineer
- Susan Browning – Healthcare Administration – Executive Director of a hospital Northwell Health
- Donna Chisholm – Physical therapist (Sports)
- Adam DiBella and Chris Cooper – Co-owners of AMP Training (personal training)
- Courtney Donovan – Nurse
- Justine Golden – Clinical psychologist
- Judge Ellen Greenberg – Court Judge
- Danielle Gruttadaurio – FORENSIC ARTIST fine art / secondary education
- Drew Hambly – Morgan Stanley Executive Director of Corporate Governance
- Dr. Priti Jain – General practitioner
- Jerry Kelly – Pharmaceutical sales
- Meg Newhouse – Senior VP and general merchandise manager for Ross Stores
- Jaimie Roberts – Entertainment lawyer
- Dr. Ron Rosen – Veterinarian
- Marc Schwartz – Media Relations Manager and Radio Broadcaster (Somerset Patriots Baseball)
- Jacqueline Tobin – Editor-in-Chief (Rangefinder Magazine)
- Grant Wu – (Wall Street) President & Chief Executive Officer Ivy Securities, Inc.
As parents of our incoming 8th Graders (the Class of 2022) 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/Social Studies options (for parents of 9th graders)
- STEM Overview, including PLTW, Computer Science, Mathematics and Science offerings
- World Language Exchange programs
- 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:
The Robot was in the house!
On Thursday evening, we welcomed parents of incoming 8th Graders (the Class of 2022) to Wheatley so they could learn about Wheatley, our 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:
Thank you to our Director of Guidance, Mr. Greg Wasserman, for 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:
Neil, Joseph, Emma and Anya were our student panelists!
Neil, Joseph, Emma and Anya were our student panelists!