Peter and Michael Named All-Conference!

At last week’s Section VIII Boys Basketball Awards Dinner, seniors Peter Littman and Michael Tragale were recognized with All-Conference awards. Voted on by all of the basketball coaches in the conference, this is a wonderful recognition for two outstanding basketball players!

Congratulations to Peter and Michael, along with Coach Jim Curcio!


Peter, Coach Curcio and Michael

French Students Practice their Culinary Skills!

On Tuesday, 28 March, French students in Mr. Henley’s classes took a trip to the  A La Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook in order to make different French food specialities. 

Students were first instructed on safety rules for the kitchen. Then each recipe for all parts of our meal was introduced and explained. Students prepared and enjoyed:

  • Salade niçoise
  • Gougères (Gruyère cheese puffs)
  • Poulet aux fines herbes
  • Pissaladière (onion tart)
  • Crêpes Nutella

It was a great opportunity to delve into French culture and practice language skills at the same time!  

[Thanks to Mr. Henley for the photos!]

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!


EWSD Senior Citizens Treated to Lunch and a Wonderful Show!

On Saturday afternoon, nearly 100 of our community Senior Citizens enjoyed a wonderful luncheon followed by a special matinee production of Xanadu: The Musical! This annual tradition was organized and supported by the efforts of the following staff:

  • Linda Leff
  • Allison Chanin-Bermudez
  • Joan Anderson
  • Diane Fezza
  • Barbara Klein
  • Karen Love

Additionally, a number of students volunteered their time to serve the community members, including:

  • Rachel Fuzaylov
  • Diana Lee
  • Mary Ma
  • Ethan Moreh
  • Sumu Pitchayan
  • Jessica Poomkudy
  • Jesse Romano
  • Cooper Tanenhaus
  • Alice Ye

During the luncheon, members of the cas spent time intermingling with the attendees.

Thanks to Linda Leff for the photos of this wonderful event!



EWSD Recognized by National School Boards Association with a Magna Award!

On Saturday, 25 March, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) recognized our district with a Magna Award. According to the NSBA, Magna Awards winners:

…have illustrated school board best practices and have implemented innovative programs that advance student learning.

Our district won this wonderful recognition for our “In Recognition of Excellence Dinner,” our annual recognition of ten outstanding students along with the staff members who were most influential during their years at North Side, Willets Road and Wheatley. The event is featured in a special edition of the National School Boards Association’s magazine:


Along with Mark Kamberg, the President of the EWSD Board of Education, I was thrilled to accept this wonderful recognition at the 2017 Annual Conference of the National School Boards Association in Denver, Colorado. Joining us at the celebration luncheon was Susan Bergtraum, former President of the BOE and current President of the New York State School Boards Association.



Six Wheatley Students Earn Medals at Italian Poetry Contest!

Congratulations to the medalists of the annual poetry contest sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Italian. Wheatley had six medalists this year.  Approximately 250 students from Long Island competed in this annual event held on Friday, 24 March at SUNY at Old Westbury.

On returning from the contest, Wheatley Italian teacher Susan Vasselman expressed:

I am extremely proud of all our students who participated in this event today.

Level I

  • 1st Place: Eric Ness
  • 2nd Place:  Mia Blitz
  • Honorable Mention:  Jason Liu

Level II

  • 2nd Place:  Andeel Anwar
  • 3rd Place:  Dean Sheinman

Level III

  • 3rd Place:  Cecilia Jozef

Congratulations to Joseph Doria, Patrick Brady, Victoria Mora, Kyle Eberlein and Grace McPhillips who also participated in the event, and thanks to Mrs. Vasselman for supporting the students!