Khavi Earns the Top Spot in the Federalist/Anti-Federalist Debate!

Yesterday, students in our English 11 course presented speeches based on their study of historical documents and of rhetorical strategies in their social studies and English classes.

This event is the culminating activity of a collaborative, interdisciplinary project developed by Natalia McMillan, Jen Fatone and Mike Haig in our English and social studies departments. Students studied the Constitution, analyzed the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, and then developed speeches arguing for or against the ratification of the proposed Constitution using information from their close reading of these texts. Students were required to reference these texts and used rhetorical techniques such as appeals to pathos, ethos, logos and metaphor.

In their English classes, students developed and delivered speeches, then voted on which speeches were the most effective and convincing. The top six speeches (based on student votes) were presented to an enthusiastic crowd in Room 450. As students delivered their speeches, the audience used a rubric to evaluate each speech on the following four criteria: Presentation, Argument, Counter-argument and Rhetorical technique.

The following students presented speeches:

  • Daniel Fox
  • Angela Signorile
  • Tyler Mosca
  • Matthew Kreitzer
  • Khavi Ahmed
  • Mohammed Jaffer

When the votes were tallied, Khavi was declared the winner, followed by Matthew and Angela!

Wheatley Hosts a Women in STEM Forum!

On Thursday evening, Wheatley’s Room 450 was packed with students, teachers and parents for a wonderful Women in STEM Forum. The brainchild of senior Jamie Horowitz, the purpose of the forum was to provide information and encouragement to females interested in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. To this end, four outstanding professionals participated in the panel discussion:

  • Elizabeth Giradi Schoen: As Vice Present of Environment and Sustainability for Teva Pharmaceuticals, her role is to champion responsibility in business practice for this global company with more than $20 billion in income. Ms. Giradi Schoen has her bachelors and masters in chemical engineering and has been working in this field for 35 years. She is a parent of four Wheatley graduates.
  • Laurie Cantileno-Lillis: Currently the Service Delivery Executive for Cisco, Ms. Cantileno-Lillis was formerly Vice President of Global Network Services at Broadridge Financial. She holds a Magna Cum Laude degree in Computer Science from NYIT as well as an ITIL v3 certification for Service Delivery. She was a catalyst of The Internet of Women. She continues this leadership by providing guidance and mentoring to girls, young women, and colleagues as a former Board Member of Girls Inc, former Broadridge Financials Inclusion & Diversity Board Member and its Senior Women’s Leadership Forum.
  • Jeannie Guglielmo: She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at Stony Brook, where she teaches Clinical Chemistry and Forensic Science. Dr. Guglielmo has 10 years of experience as a Forensic Scientist and has been an educator for the last 18 years.
  • Noelle Cutter: She worked as a research associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the NASA Space Radiation Labs before receiving her doctorate from Stony Brook University. She completed her BS as a double major in Biology and Chemistry from Molloy College in 2004 graduating Summe Cum Laude. She was captain of the Molloy Women’s Soccer Team and has been awarded the Chasman Scholarship for her dissertation work. Currently, Dr. Cutter is a co-PI for the National Science Foundation MRI grant and the C-STEP grant at Molloy College.

With Jamie serving as the moderator, each panelist had an opportunity to share her professional journey, discuss some of the challenges unique to women in the STEM field and argue the important role the humanities play in STEM-related fields. Finally, every professional was given an opportunity to provide advice to the audience.

Thank you to our Secondary Science Chair, Ms. Alexis Pace, and our Director of Technology, Innovation and Information Services, Mr. Ed Kemnitzer, for their support of Jamie’s initiative!

[Thanks to Randy Horowitz for some of the photos.]


Abhishek Kumar Presenting Research in Denver!

Congratulations to Abhishek Kumar (Class of 2018) who was invited to present his research at The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. Abhishek departed for Denver this past Sunday and will spend the week at the conference—including a presentation session!

Abhishek will present his project titled: Performance Analysis of a Parallelized Restricted Boltzmann Machine Artificial Neural Network Using OpenACC Framework and TAU Profiling System.

This SC17 conference brings together the international high performance computing community—a gathering of scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, programmers, system administrators and developers that is unequaled in the world—for an exceptional program of technical presentations, papers, informative tutorials, timely research posters and Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions.

The SC17 Exhibition Hall features the latest technologies and accomplishments from the world’s leading vendors, research organizations and universities; SC17 provides the unique opportunity to see the latest technologies that will shape the future of large-scale technical computing and data-driven science.

Abhishek worked under the guidance of Senior Technology Engineer Dr. Abid Malik at Brookhaven National Laboratories in Upton, New York.

You can view Abhishek’s presentation board here: Abhishek Kumar Research Board

Congratulations to Abhishek! [Thanks to Ms. Pace, our Science Department Chair, for the write-up!]

Christina Gambino Encourages Students to Attack their Potential!

Christina Gambino (class of 2006, but she left Wheatley earlier because her family moved to Florida) came to speak to Ms. Jacobson’s Spanish Conversation students last week. She brought with her an inspirational message of positivity, encouraging students to never giving up and to overcoming obstacles that appear in life. With a background in gymnastics, Christina grabbed everyone’s attention by entering the room walking on her hands!

You can learn more about Christina’s message through her website or through one of her videos:

Thanks to Ms. Jacobson for the photos:


Wheatley Regents and AP Data Overview for 2017

Wheatley has long prided itself on creating an environment in which students are able to succeed in a variety of different ways. Students have demonstrated excellence in a wide range of artisticscientifichistoricalmathematicallinguistic and athletics pursuits…just to name a few!

Wheatley students have also been successful in both state and national examinations. At last night’s Board of Education work session, an overview of the Regents examinations results and the Advanced Placement results was presented to the community. You can view a copy of the presentation below:

Wheatley Data Overview September 2017

Wheatley Data Overview Sept17

Manan Shukla Earns Bronze at iSWEEP 2017!

In March, Sophomore Manan Shukla was selected as a Finalist for the 2017 International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering, Environment) Project Olympiad (iSWEEEP).

Last weekend, Manan traveled to Houston, Texas where he presented his project, The Utilization of Cellular Technology and Medication Dispensers as Effective and Inexpensive Solutions to Medical Nonadherence in Healthcare. Manan was accompanied by Wheatley’s Science Research Coordinator, Alexis Blondrage.

Over 1,000 students from around the globe gathered at the competition to present their projects related to renewable energy, sustainable developments, and medical breakthroughs.

Manan came away with a Bronze Medal for his project!

Congratulations to Manan! Thank you to Ms. Blondrage for accompanying him to the competition and providing the write-up and photos!

Wheatley’s Budget Presentation for 2017-18

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

Wheatley Budget Presentation_Mar17