Connections Spring Fling Fun for Everyone!

On Friday night, the Wheatley Cafeteria was transformed into a celebratory venue filled with music, food and fun as our Connections program hosted the annual “Spring Fling” dance! Friends and family from neighboring school districts joined our students for an evening of fun!

Thanks to Barbara Klein and Liza Laurino for the photos!

Project Brasilito Delivers School Supplies to Those in Need!

In 2012 there was a massive earthquake in Costa Rica that devastated, among many other things, an elementary school. The school was demolished and is now situated in an old warehouse. The children have nothing. Sam Avila, a Wheatley junior, set up a charity called Project Brasilito to help these children.

For the last two years, the Spanish Club has been collecting school supplies for the children of this elementary school. Sam and his family bring them, along with letters that the Spanish Club members wrote, to the children each year. We plan on continuing our association with Project Brasilito for years to come, as they have a long road ahead of them. Next year we hope to be able to Skype with the children at the school!

Thanks to Julie Jacobson for her support of these students’ efforts!

Wheatley Celebrates Earth Day 2017!

Across our planet, Earth Day took place this past Saturday, April 22nd. At Wheatley, we celebrated the day with a series of activities and information booths intended to educate and inform our students on issues related to Earth Day.

Some of the activities included:

  • Assemblies with three guest lecturers on food choices, water conservation, and careers in conservation
  • Interactions with a 10-foot boa constrictor and a 4.5 foot elk antler
  • Fresh squeezed lemonade,
    Frozen Bana-Nice Cream cones,
    Demonstration of how coffee grids can be recycled
  • A petition promoting school cafeteria composting (all of the lemon rinds, banana peels and coffee grinds were composted)
  • A representative of the Town Of North Hempstead with literature about composting, rain barrels, rain gardens, household hazardous water disposal
  • Stainless steel water bottle sales
  • A taste test of bottled water and the filtered water from our Refill Stations
  • Environmental T-shirt sales
  • The announcement of a collection of used bikes on May 13 at PortFest at Schreiber High School and a campaign to raise $3,000 for matching funds by a private donor to purchase a shipping container to be used for ongoing bike collections in collaboration with the NY Chapter of Bikes for the World

As you can see from the photos, the 3-day Earth Fest was a lot of fun for all! A huge “thank you” to Steve Finkelstein and our EAC students for all of the work they did to prepare for the activities!

(Thanks to Audra Beberman for some of the photos.)


Mock Trial Team’s Wonderful Season Ends with a Tough Loss…

On Wednesday, 5 April, Wheatley’s Mock Trial team competed against the team from W.T. Clarke High School in the regional finals of this wonderful competition. Although the team did not win the match, they should all be proud of their accomplishments over these past few months. 

Congratulations, once again, to our Mock Trial Team members: Sam Avila-Frank,  Maggie Carrodo, Jacob Chimerine, Caroline Crimmins, Derek Gilbert, Jakob Gilbert, Lianna Golden, Andrew Hirsch, Brett Katz, Mahesh Pitchayan, Michelle Raja, Jacob Ribotsky, Adam Rosenzweig, Brooke Schwartz,  Rebecca Sparacio, Emily Wang and Emily Yagoda.

Thanks as well to our Mock Trial Advisor, Wheatley English teacher Theryn Gibbons.

In recognition of their wonderful accomplishments, the Nassau County winner and the runner-up finalist, our outstanding Wheatley team, will be recognized for their accomplishments at the 2017 Mock Trial Tournament Awards Reception to be held on Thursday, May 18 at 5:30 PM at the Nassau County Bar Association.

[Thanks to Ms. Gibbons for the photos from the competitions.]

The Robotics Video You Need to See!

Last week, the Wheatley CyberCats competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition at Hofstra University. Although the blog post of that competition included all sorts of photos, there was one important thing missing—a video of the robot in action!

Thanks to the fine work of CyberCat member Adam Rosenzweig (Class of 2018), we now have a terrific video compilation of the season! (Look for robot #2872 with the red bumpers!)




Wheatley CyberCats Compete in 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition

After months of careful preparation, Wheatley’s Cybercats Robotics team competed in the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition held at Hofstra University. Each year, the competition requires that teams design a robot that is able to fulfill certain tasks. In the past, such tasks have included shooting balls through hoops, managing recycling bins and throwing a frisbee through a target.

The FIRST Robotics competition is the nation’s premier competition for high school robotics teams. For the eighth consecutive year, Wheatley has fielded a team in the regional competition for this event. Schools from across Long Island and the tri-state area compete in this event.

Within the guidelines of the competition rules, students were required to design a robot that would work with other teams in tasks reminiscent of the steam-powered machines of the industrial era. You can view the competition video here:

These tasks necessitated design elements, production elements and programming expertise. The Cybercats team was supported by Patrick Hurley and Joseph Fina.

Congratulations to the students who worked tirelessly in order to prepare for the competition!

Mock Trial Team is Heading to the Finals!!!

Earlier today, Wheatley’s Mock Trial team defeated the North Shore High School team in the Nassau County semi-finals, earning a ticket to the Nassau Championship match next week! This is the team’s second consecutive trip to the finals!

Congratulations to the team members:



  • Lianna Golden
  • Jacob Chimerine
  • Jakob Gilbert


  • Jacob Ribotsky
  • Caroline Crimmins
  • Brooke Schwartz



  • Andrew Hirsch
  • Rebecca Sparacio
  • Jakob Gilbert


  • Sam Avila-Frank
  • Brett Katz
  • Emily Wang


  • Adam Rosenzweig
  • Emily Yagoda
  • Derek Gilbert
  • Maggie Carrodo (Official Timekeeper)
  • Mahesh Pitchayan
  • Michelle Raja

The students are led by our Mock Trial Advisor, Ms. Theryn Gibbons!

Good luck to the team in the finals!

[Thanks to Ms. Gibbons for some of the photos!]