#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!


“Meet Your Teacher” Night Welcomes Parents Back to the New School Year!

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 PTO Provides a Wonderful “Back to School Breakfast” for Faculty!

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!

Class of 2018 Opens the Year with #SeniorSunrise!

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!

EWSD Convocation for the 2017-18 School Year!

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.

Class of 2017 Celebrates at Wheatley’s 60th Commencement Exercises!

Earlier today, Wheatley held its 60th Commencement Exercises — this year in celebration of the Class of 2017! The 10:00 am ceremony included four wonderful musical performances and four impressive student speeches. It was a moving ceremony befitting Wheatley’s 60th graduating class! The ceremony also debuted the new Commencement Gowns!

Congratulations to all of the graduates and their families!

You can view a copy of the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2017

Students and Staff Celebrated at our 13th Annual “In Recognition of Excellence” Dinner

Earlier this evening, 14 June, our 13th 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 have 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 eleven 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:

Jack Goldman

  • Donna Casano (NS)
  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Zachary Groveman

  • Kerri Spieler (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Cynthia Schwartz (Wh)

Allison LaMonica

  • Christopher Campbell (NS)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Ashley Rogala (Wh)

Julia Mongelluzzo

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Bridget Lennon (WR)
  • Kristen Guyton (Wh)

Dylan Nektalov

  • Kelly Powers (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Taylor Ribotsky

  • Jill Widyn (NS)
  • Karen Stein (WR)
  • Danielle Calvagno (Wh)

Micki Wain

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)

Joshua Wolff

  • Henry Kupstas (NS)
  • Denise Giulano (WR)
  • Steve Cadet (Wh)

Kevin Yi

  • Scott Hoefling (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)