Wheatley’s Intercultural Unity Assembly a Celebration for All!

A longstanding tradition at Wheatley has been our ICU Assembly and Luncheon on the final day of school before the December recess. On this day, a double period assembly is dedicated to a talent showcase and fashion show that celebrates our many cultures and communities—all organized by our Intercultural Unity Club (ICU).

Described by some as “the best day of the year,” the ICU assembly is truly a showcase of our many student talents. Through music and dance performances, students use the ICU Assembly to celebrate the diverse cultures within our community as a way of bringing us closer together.  After the assembly, students eat food (prepared by our community families) from across many cultures. Leftover food is brought to the INN at the end of the day.

Many thanks to our ICU Advisor, Steven Fitzko, for his work with the students in bringing this day to our community!

Here are some short videos of some of the performances. 

Wheatley’s Winter Concert (Part 2) Celebrates the Season!

On Tuesday evening, our Winter Concert (Part 2) featured delightful performances from the following performance groups: Stage Band (directed by Peggy Ho), Jazz Band (directed by Steve Fitzko), Intermediate Chorus (directed by Angela Luftig and accompanied by Rick Wilson), Intermediate/Concert Band (directed by Peggy Ho and Stan Orlovsky) and our Symphonic Band (directed by Peggy Ho).

We are grateful for the dedication of our music teachers, Angela Luftig, Peggy Ho and Stan Orlovsky — as well as our “adjunct” music teachers, Rick Wilson and Steve Fitzko!

First Wheatley Model UN Conference a Wonderful Success!

On Friday, 8 December 2017, the Wheatley World Affairs Club hosted its inaugural Model UN Conference (WHEMUNC).  More than a hundred students from five schools were engaged in applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to resolve international crises.

Wheatley, Manhasset, Kellenberg, North Babylon, and Locust Valley students competed in a variety of committees centering around a multitude of interests.  The committees included:

  • ¡Viva Venezuela!, which addressed a possibility of a regime change in South America
  • NATO: International Peace between Euro-Atlantic Countries in the World focused on the potential proliferation of nuclear capabilities.
  • The Pursuit of Raketa:  Dissembling the Soviet Union was a crisis committee that assessing the impact of the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
  • Accident or Planned?:  MH370 revolved around the disappearance of Malaysian Airline in MH370 in 2013

At the end of this successful evening, Manhasset earned the award for best delegation. Wheatley students also received deserving awards:

  • 9th grader Freddy Lin and 10th graders Teddy Koutsoftas and Zach Azevedo won honorable mention\
  • 9th grader Layla Jarrahy won best position paper

The conference was organized by Jessica Poomkudy and John Scudero (Co-Presidents), Tony Deluxe (Vice President), Brenden Resnick (Treasurer), Ashley Vincenzo (Secretary), Rahul Ajmera and Peter Cuomo (Co-Public Relations Officer), and World Affairs Club advisor Mr. Michael Haig.  The club is already looking forward to planning WHEMUNC II for the 2018-2019 school year!

[Thank you to Rahul Ajmera for the write-up and Jacob Ribotsky for the photos!]

Robert Bernstein Honored at SWS Mock Trial Competition!

Before yesterday’s 35th Annual SWS Mock Trial Competition, Patrick Clarke (SWS Moderator) led participants in a special ceremony recognizing the contributions made by Robert J. Bernstein to the education at the Wheatley School.

Bob Bernstein, known by generations of Wheatley students as “Bullet,’ was a social studies teacher at Wheatley from 1968 until 1997. Some of the highlights of his five-decade Wheatley career include:

  • Advising the School Within A School (SWS) program
  • Creating the law program and the courtroom in Room 205
  • Starting the SWS Mock Trial Tournament
  • Being a founding member of the Nassau County Mock Trial Competition
  • Mentoring generations of Wheatley teachers

Even after retirement, Bullet has continued to be a part of the school community. A number of years ago, the Mock Trial club adviser position was vacant and Bullet, as usual, stepped up. Not only did he come out of retirement to help our students, he led them to semi-final and finalist finishes in the Nassau County State Mock Trial Tournament.

After reading a proclamation referencing Bob’s many contributions,  Mr. Clarke declared that the SWS Mock Trial Tournament would henceforth be called the “Robert J. Bernstein SWS Mock Trial Tournament.”

Thank you to Bob for all of his wonderful work for Wheatley!

[Thanks to Mr. Clarke for some of this write-up.]


35th Annual SWS Mock Trial a Success!

On 6 December 2017, the 35th Annual SWS Mock Trial Tournament was held at Wheatley. As part of this tournament, seven schools and two Wheatley teams competed. The field included Roslyn, Manhasset, Great Neck North, Syosset, Baldwin, Glen Cove and Kellenberg. Wheatley had one team representing SWS and one team from our co-curricular program. Over 100 students participated!

The SWS Mock Trial tournament has always been an opportunity for teams to get ready for the mock trial season which focuses on the New York State competition. For many of the participants, they are experiencing their first mock trial.

For this competition, we were fortunate to have five wonderful attorneys serving as judges: Robert Greco, Mark Cohen, Steve Barnwell, Nicholas Moyne (son of former social studies teacher Claudia Moyne) and Allison Sealove Laskowitz (Wheatley Class of 1990, a former member of SWS and Mock Trial).

Each team participated in two rounds of competition to determine who would meet in the finals. The final matchup started in the Wheatley auditorium at 1:30 with Great Neck North’s defense team taking on Wheatley’s club prosecution team. It was a close contest, with the Wheatley team winning on points.
Congratulation to Mr. Bernstein who was instrumental in getting this team on the road toward mock trial success and to Mr. Ronald Roaldsen who now serves as the adviser to the Mock Trial Club!
[Thanks to Patrick Clarke for the write-up!]