#Homecoming2017 Brings the Community Together Around Sports, Food, Games and Fundraising!

Our Homecoming Celebration was a terrific blend of sports, entertainment, food, games and even some fundraising! At Wheatley, Homecoming kicked off with our Pep Rally on Friday afternoon. Organized by our Student Senate, the Pep Rally featured our incredible Jazz Band (under the direction of Steve Fitzko), the introduction of our Fall teams by Student Senate members, and a Teacher v. Student “Pie in the Face” challenge that raised over $8,200 for Puerto Rican relief! You can see some photos and videos of the wonderful Pep Rally at #Homecoming2017 Kicks off with a Pep Rally and a Fundraiser!

After the Pep Rally, our Tri-M Music Honor Society presented “Rocktoberfest” for the community, a combination of music, seasonal activities and wonderful food! You can see some photos from this new event at Tri-M’s “Rocktoberfest” Celebrates Music and the Season!

On a lovely Saturday morning and afternoon, Wheatley volleyball and soccer teams competed. As the athletes were competing, community members enjoyed a wonderful International Food Court, DJ music and some bouncy houses!


Tri-M’s “Rocktoberfest” Celebrates Music and the Season!

Our Tri-M Music Honor Society has a reputation for organizing activities that bring together our school and community—from Wheatley’s Got Talent, Wheatley Idol and Puttin’ on the Ritz. Led by its Faculty Advisor, Ms. Angela Luftig, our Tri-M students know how to bring their big ideas to life!

Earlier this evening, Tri-M sponsored the first (annual) Rocktoberfest, a celebration of music and the season. There were activities for the community along with food and entertainment for all!

#Homecoming2017 Kicks off with a Pep Rally and a Fundraiser!

Our Homecoming celebration kicked off with a terrific Pep Rally and Fundraiser at the end of the day! Organized by our Student Senate, the pep rally was one a terrific combination of spirit, fun and community service!

With students decked out in Red, White or their team uniforms, our Fall athletic teams were introduced by the team captains, with music provided by our wonderful Jazz Band.

A highlight of the event was the “Pie in the Face” fundraiser. As part of this fundraiser, students challenged individual teachers to a fundraising competition. Whoever raised the most money would earn the right to “pie” the other person in the face! All of the money raised would go to Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico.

Twenty-four pairs of students-teachers entered this challenge, raising a combined total of $8,152.38! Of course, every student managed to out-fundraise the faculty member! As a result, two dozen faculty members were pied in the face — all for a great cause!

Thank you to Ms. Chanin-Bermudez, our Student Senate Advisor, for her work on the wonderful event. Thank you as well to the following faculty members for taking up the Pie in the Face Challenge:

  • Ms. Luftig
  • Dr. Staudt
  • Mr. Abdale
  • Mr. Wilson
  • Mr. Paulson
  • Mr. Plana
  • Ms. Guyton
  • Mr. Clarke
  • Mr. Teseo
  • Ms. Maier
  • Mr. Rivero
  • Mr. Gottlieb
  • Mr. Hurley
  • Mr. Dinowitz
  • Ms. Rogala
  • Mr. Dunn
  • Mr. Collier
  • Ms. Pace
  • Ms. Blum
  • Mr. Meyers
  • Ms. Chanin-Bermudez
  • Dr. Feeney

Wheatley Brainstormers Shine at Columbia University’s Fall Tournament!

On Saturday, October 7th, The Wheatley School’s Brainstormers Club competed at the first meeting of the 2017 Columbia Cup Tournament Series – The Fall Tournament. The Columbia Cup is a tournament series hosted by the Columbia University Quiz Bowl Club. The Columbia Cup Tournament Series holds three full-day, seasonal tournaments, in which high school students from the New York Metropolitan Area compete against each in traditional academic quiz bowl contests.

Our Varsity team made an impressive 4-1 showing in the preliminary rounds, while making a heartfelt 1-2 effort in the playoff rounds. Our Junior Varsity team, composed mainly of rookie players, demonstrated great promise in their first full-day tournament of the 2017-2018 academic year. At the end of the tournament, our club’s President and Varsity Captain, John Li, was awarded a medal for achieving Second Place (PPG) in the Standard Division of the Columbia Cup Fall Tournament.

The Wheatley School Brainstormers Club eagerly awaits its return to Columbia University on Saturday, December 2nd, for the Columbia Cup Winter Tournament.

Thank you to Advisor Joseph Crotty along with participants:

  • Peter Cuomo
  • Tony Deluxe
  • Viraj Jayam
  • John Li
  • Victor Li
  • Karen Li
  • Frederick Lin
  • Aamir Muneer
  • Avinash Reddy

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


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WSTV is Back on the Air!

Each morning, a group of students under the guidance of Technology teacher Patrick Hurley prepare and deliver a four-minute live broadcast of the day’s news and activities. The live broadcast originates in the WSTV studio. Using multiple cameras and live blue screen technology, the students prepare, edit, and deliver the news on their own.

Students who prepare this daily broadcast are enrolled in the Fundamentals of Film Production and Editing course.

Here are some behind the scenes footage from the rehearsal for this morning’s broadcast: