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!]

Ben Mathew Earns Student of the Quarter Recognition @NassauBOCES!

On Tuesday, November 28th, Wheatley Senior Benjamin Mathew was awarded the Student of the Quarter Award in the Business Service Skills Program for his academic and vocational endeavors at the Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center.

Benjamin’s teacher, Mrs. Savary, expressed support of Benjamin’s efforts, stating that Benjamin’s diligent work ethic and diverse array of vocational skills sets him apart from his peers. The Wheatley School is proud of Benjamin’s efforts and outstanding contribution to our student body.

Benjamin was recognized in a morning ceremony attended by Mr. Dalton (Barry Tech Principal), Mr. Dunphy (Barry Tech Assistant Principal), Dr. Mazza (our Director of PPS), Mr. Crotty (Ben’s teacher) and Mrs. Silverstein (Ben’s Guidance Counselor).

Keep up the great work Benjamin!

[Thanks to Mr. Crotty for the photos and write-up!]


Wheatley’s Summer Opportunities Fair Draws a Huge Crowd!

With a wide-range of exciting opportunities, Wheatley’s Summer Opportunities Fair provided attendees with nearly thirty different options for enriching summer activities. The range of activities included academic, athletic, service and cultural arts programs for students of all ages. Travel opportunities abounded, with many programs combining language enrichment with service learning.

Wheatley is thankful for the efforts of our wonderful PTO for all of the efforts needed to put together this wonderful program!

For a listing of participants, click here: Wheatley SoF-exhibitors-2017


Wheatley Cybercats are Finalist in their First Competition of the Year!

On Saturday, November 18th, the Wheatley Cybercats competed in the 6th annual Half Hollow Hills FRC Invitational. One of the purposes of this early competition is to give robotics teams across the region an opportunity to experience the demands of a competition before heading into the Spring season competitions.

In the spirit of the off-season invitational, many younger team members got the chance to be a driver, pilot, or gear feeder— all of which are very high-stress positions.

The Cybercats were able to make it all the way to the finals matches, winning 4 matches during the single elimination games, and losing the best of three finals matches by a close margin.

This is the second year in a row that the Cybercats were finalists at the HHH Invitational. This is also the second year that the Cybercats competed at the HHH Invitational, meaning that they have a 100% finalist rate!

As Steamworks comes to a close, we begin to prepare for FRC PowerUp and for our competitions in April!

Led by coaches Patrick Hurley, Joseph Fina and John Goodman (Class of 2016), the Cybercats who participated in the invitational event included:

  • Zachary Azevedo
  • William Cafarelli
  • Eric Chu
  • Nadav Cohen
  • Michael Cornachia
  • Joe Feimer
  • Jonathan Friedrich
  • Jamie Horowitz
  • Abhishek Kumar
  • James Marini
  • Elan Mizhiritsky
  • Justin Parker
  • Steven Popovitz
  • Natalie Scudero
  • Neil Shah
  • Arham Sheraz
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Danyal Zulfiqar

Thank you to Cybercats team member Elan Mizhiritzy for the write-up and collection of photos!

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.]


Mrs. Jacobson’s Spanish Students Express their Thanks!

Mrs. Jacobson often challenges her Spanish students to engage with Spanish language and culture in a creative, practical or thoughtful manner. Just before our Thanksgiving recess, Mrs. Jacobson had her students complete a project that has brightened the spirits of so many in our learning community!

The assignment given to the students was to write a few sentences (in Spanish) about an adult employee for whom they are thankful. Mrs. Jacobson made sure the students considered not just teachers, but the many other adults working in the building: monitors, cafeteria aides, custodians, bus drivers and the like. The sentences of thanks were written on colorful paper and then placed on three separate bulletin boards throughout the school.

What an impact these notes have had on the adults! I have had so many conversations with the some of the adults who were thanked in this manner and they have described how touched they were by the words. Many of them took pictures of the notes on the bulletin boards so they could show their families at home. The adults mentioned that the notes made them so feel so grateful during the Thanksgiving break.

Thanks to Mrs. Jacobson for having the students complete a project that helps them practice their Spanish while brightening the spirits of so many in our school!