Class of 2017 Celebrates at Wheatley’s 60th Commencement Exercises!

Earlier today, Wheatley held its 60th Commencement Exercises — this year in celebration of the Class of 2017! The 10:00 am ceremony included four wonderful musical performances and four impressive student speeches. It was a moving ceremony befitting Wheatley’s 60th graduating class! The ceremony also debuted the new Commencement Gowns!

Congratulations to all of the graduates and their families!

You can view a copy of the Commencement Program here: Graduation Program 2017

Students and Staff Celebrated at our 13th Annual “In Recognition of Excellence” Dinner

Earlier this evening, 14 June, our 13th Annual In Recognition of Excellence dinner was held. During a very busy time of the year, this remains one of my favorite evenings. Through our students’ own voices, attendees are reminded of the deep and lasting impact our faculty have on our students’ academic, emotional and social lives. The celebration of the relationships formed and connections made is what makes for such a special evening!

With so much talent in our school, it is still possible for some students to not get the recognition that they deserve. To recognize these students, the In Recognition of Excellence award was introduced eleven years ago. This honor is given to a group of students who have demonstrated outstanding service to school and community, demonstrated respect and concern for fellow students, and set high expectations for themselves as they have achieved their goals.

The recipients of this award were asked to select one teacher, staff member or coach from their experiences at North Side, Willets Road, and Wheatley who had the greatest positive impact on their life.

Congratulations to our recognized students and the faculty they acknowledged:

Jack Goldman

  • Donna Casano (NS)
  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Zachary Groveman

  • Kerri Spieler (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Cynthia Schwartz (Wh)

Allison LaMonica

  • Christopher Campbell (NS)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Ashley Rogala (Wh)

Julia Mongelluzzo

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Bridget Lennon (WR)
  • Kristen Guyton (Wh)

Dylan Nektalov

  • Kelly Powers (NS)
  • Matthew Gottlieb (WR)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

Taylor Ribotsky

  • Jill Widyn (NS)
  • Karen Stein (WR)
  • Danielle Calvagno (Wh)

Micki Wain

  • Roxee Lore (NS-Ret.)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)

Joshua Wolff

  • Henry Kupstas (NS)
  • Denise Giulano (WR)
  • Steve Cadet (Wh)

Kevin Yi

  • Scott Hoefling (WR)
  • Dr. John Staudt (Wh)
  • Adam Plana (Wh)

6th Annual Research Symposium Highlights Wide Array of Student Research!

Last week, Wheatley’s 6th Annual Research Symposium was held in our lobby (for the poster sessions) and a Room 450 (for the senior research presentations). The breadth and scope of the topics covered a large range of science research topics.

We are thankful to have such wonderfully motivated students along with the faculty to support their efforts. Particular thanks to our Science Research Coordinator, Ms. Alexis Blondrage, for her work with these students and her coordination of the evening.


Science Research Topics and Presentations

Independent Science Research
  • Sufia Ainechi – Solar Panel Pressure Plate: An Interactive System
  • Ananya Bansal – The Effect of Coconut Oil on the Alzheimer’s Homologue Gene apl-1 in C. elegans and APP in Murine Neuroblastoma Cells
  • Rachel Fuzaylov – Analysis and Barcoding of Native Species within the Hempstead Plains; Effect of BAMLET in Reversing Antibiotic Resistance in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Rikki Gassman – Analysis and Barcoding of Native Species within the Hempstead Plains
  • Jakob Gilbert – Creating Stable Housing in Earthquake-Prone Areas Using Semi-Rigid Arch Systems With Dynamic Wedge Foundations
  • Sana Haroon – The Effect of Thymoquinone on brc-1 and brc-2 Expression in Caenorhabditis Elegans
  • Abdullah Hassan – Dissolution of generic vs brand name drugs in the stomach
  • Farah Hasan – Designing a CRISPR/dCas9 System to Knock Down SOD1 Expression in Mammalian Cells
  • Arvin Jadonath – The Eradication and Prevention of Biofilm Growth  Using Various Organic Substances
  • Ansh Jhaveri – Effects of a Parabolic Reflector on the Strength and Range of WiFi Signal
  • Brett Katz – Effect of BAMLET in Reversing Antibiotic Resistance in Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
  • Megan Kirschner – The Effect of Coconut Oil on the Alzheimer’s Homologue Gene apl-1 in C. elegans and APP in Murine Neuroblastoma Cells
  • Abhishek Kumar – An Analysis of the Integration of Robotics in the Medicinal Field, Implementation of Robotics into the Medical Field
  • Nirav Kumar – The Eradication and Prevention of Biofilm Growth  Using Various Organic Substances
  • Vani Kumar – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • John Li – Scientometric Analysis of the Highly Cited Database Indicates Significant Shifts in Fields of High Impact Research
  • Karen Li – Scientometric Analysis of the Highly Cited Database Indicates Significant Shifts in Fields of High Impact Research
  • Michelle Lin – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island; Do oviposition deterring pheromones reduce competition between same vs. different varieties of Strauzia flies?
  • Gil Lotzky – Working at the New York Head and Neck Institute
  • Samrah Mitha – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island
  • Samrah Mitha – Analyzing and Barcoding the DNA of Seaweeds and Macroinvertebrates on Beaches of Long Island
  • Dylan Nektalov – The Effect of Superconductivity for Doped Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide
  • Jax Nussbaum – Music Exposure’s Effect on the Provocation of Autobiographical Memories
  • Michelle Raja – Reducing Toxicology of Nanoparticles while maintaining maximum antibacterial properties through shape control
  • Aidan Roldan – Effects of a Parabolic Reflector on the Strength and Range of WiFi Signal
  • Sumughan Pitchayan – Natural Lighting in Classrooms
  • Jessica Poomkudy – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • Madison Ramos – The Survival and Development of Artemia salina When Exposed to Low Doses of Diclofenac
  • Manan Shukla – The Utilization of Cellular Technology and Medicobox as Effective and Inexpensive Solutions to Medical Nonadherence in Healthcare
  • Anne Yan – The Effect of Nitrulline on the Expression of Dys-1 and Dyc-1 Genes in C. Elegans
  • Emily Wang – The Use of The CRISPR/Cas9 System in the Decaffeination of Coffea arabica
  • Josh Wolff – Dissecting The Effects of Biased Social Media on Millennials’ Views of Presidential Candidates
  • Aiden Wong – An Analysis of the Integration of Robotics in the Medicinal Field, Implementation of Robotics into the Medical Field
  • Kenton Wu – Carbaryl-Induced Cytotoxicity and Inflammation in both Mytilus edulis and Human Tissues Implicate the Pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Introduction to Science Research
  • Kavina Amin – The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli bacteria
  • Kaya Amin – Optimizing Energy Output in a Mudwatt
  • Alex ArbitalJacoby – What Biological Material Produces the Greatest Volume of Biogas?
  • Zachary Azevedo – The Effectiveness of Sunscreen Against UV Radiation
  • Ethan Bao –  Flame Retardancy
  • Alyssa Belle – The Effect of Sweeteners on Black Worms
  • Derek Gilbert – The Effects of Pesticides on the Growth Rate and Development of Zebrafish
  • Hitangee Jain – Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics
  • Megan Kaye – The Effect of Ethyl Alcohol on the Heart Rate of Daphnia Magna
  • Hema Kumar – The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli bacteria
  • Ilana Nimkoff – Optimizing Energy output in a Mudwatt
  • Jacob Mohebban – The Effects of Pesticides on the Growth Rate and Development of Zebrafish
  • Karthik Pitchayan – Flame Retardancy
  • Chris Santoli – The Effect of Xylitol on the Heart Rate of Daphnia
  • Rebecca Sparacio – The Effect of Caffeine and Ethanol on the Expression of the CEP-1 Tumor Suppressor Gene in Caenorhabditis Elegans
  • Rebecca Zeltsman –  The Effect of Essential Oils on the Growth of E.Coli Bacteria
  • Danyal Zulfiqar – The Effect of Earthworms on Soil Quality

 

Brianna O’Brien is NYS 3000m Champion!

On Thursday evening, Brianna O’Brien spent the night with her classmates at the Class of 2017 Senior Prom. On Friday afternoon, she was running in the New York State Finals of the 3000m in Union-Endicott High School. With a time of 10:04.66, Brianna earned first place in the race and was crowned NYS Division 2 3000m Champion!

Congratulations to Brianna on her wonderful success! Thanks to Coach Paulson and Coach Walsh for supporter her upstate.

Thanks to Coach Paulson for the photos!