Megan Kirschner is a “Voice of Democracy” Winner!

Megan Kirschner (Class of 2018) was recently recognized for her winning essay in the Veterans of Foreign Wars “Voice of Democracy” contest. Alerted to the competition by her grandfather, a VFW member, Megan submitted a terrific essay on the Electoral College system. Her winning essay earned Megan a certificate of recognition along with an award check.

Students from across the country submit essays related to the 2017-18 theme, “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”

Congratulations to Megan for her terrific work, and Thank you to our local VFW Post for sponsoring the program.


Megan and Jacob Receive Physical Education Student Honors!

The Wheatley School Physical Education Department is proud to announce that Megan Klein and Jacob Chimerine have been selected as Outstanding Physical Education students.  Criteria for their selection included: exceptional performance in physical education, scholarship, leadership qualities, and service to the Wheatley community. Megan and Jacob, along with their parents, were honored for their selection at an awards banquet that was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club on December 11, 2017.  The awards program is sponsored by the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Megan Klein

Megan is a member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar. Megan has earned a 3.97 grade point average while taking the most rigorous courses throughout her high school years. As an aspiring medical student, Megan has pursued various programs/internships, such as Blueprint Summer program at the University of Connecticut and Science and Research Awareness Series (SARAS) at Stony Brook University.

As a physical education student, Megan’s test scores, skill development and attitude have been exemplary.  She has had a high profile in a variety of school activities. Megan has been the captain of Fencing team as a junior and senior and the Spring Track and Field team. She has qualified and competed in the Nassau County Fencing Championships as one of the top fencers in her event (Saber). She has also competed at the NYSPHSAA qualifiers in the triple jump. In addition to competing at an elite level, she has received numerous awards for spirit, leadership and scholarship. Megan finds time in her busy schedule to volunteer for many worthy causes; such as Nassau County District Courts, St. Aidan’s Vacation Bible School, NYSMMA and Creative Arts Program. Megan has demonstrated the ability to balance the demands of high-level academics and athletics while helping her friends and peers reach their goals.

Jacob Chimerine

Throughout his high school career, Jacob has demonstrated outstanding athletic and scholastic ability and has earned a well-deserved reputation as a leader among his peers. Jacob is President of the National Honor Society and earned the AP Scholar with Distinction award, along with numerous other awards. Jacob has achieved a perfect 4.3 grade point average while taking the most rigorous courses offered at Wheatley. Through the B’nai Brith Youth Organization, Jacob has demonstrated the willingness and ability to become a leader of his peers through his actions and involvement in the various roles he undertook.

His fitness scores and skill development in our Physical Education program have been outstanding, and his enthusiasm for learning is greatly admired.  He has been involved in many athletic activities during his four high school years: Soccer, Tennis Track and Field and Cross Country. He received All-Conference recognition and qualified for the NYSPHSAA Championships in Cross Country. Jacob has also been involved in various levels of deck hockey and basketball outside of the school program. Jacob currently serves as Vice President of Mock Trial, is a member of the Model UN, President and Co-founder of the Coding Club, Mathletes and Peer Tutors. He also finds the time to volunteer with the United Jewish Appeal and the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center. He serves as a Senior Fellow with the Center for Youth Philanthropy of the UJA Federation of New York where he mentors and leads a board of young teens in raising and distributing funds throughout New York and Israel. In his spare time, he volunteers at The Arbors, an assisted living facility in Jericho, distributes food to the elderly with Project Ezra and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park.

The Wheatley School is extremely proud of Megan and Jacob for their commitment to excellence.

[Thank you to Tom Fitzpatrick for the write-up.]

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Vedant Singh wins Best Presentation at Internationally Renowned Materials Science Research Conference!

Based on their stellar work this past summer as scholars in the Garcia Summer Science Research Program at Stony Brook University, junior Vedant Singh (along with his two teammates from Herricks High School) earned the distinction of attending and presenting at the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The Materials Research Society (MRS), founded in 1973, is a growing, vibrant member-driven organization of almost 16,000 men and women from over 90 countries around the world who come from industry, academia and national labs. Their work touches on many fields, including chemistry, biology, physics and engineering and is an organization of materials researchers worldwide that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life.

Among a field of hundreds of graduate students, Vedant and his team were awarded best poster presentation! At the Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Interfaces program at Stony Brook, Vedant created polymer fiber scaffolds that serve to augment dental pulp stem cell differentiation for applications in the field of tissue engineering and cell culturing. Vedant and his teammates were recently named Regional Finalists in the 2017 Siemens Competition in Science, Math, and Technology.

Congratulations to Vedant for this wonderful accomplishment! Thanks to Ms. Alexis Pace her support of Vedant and the write-up!

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!

Khavi Earns the Top Spot in the Federalist/Anti-Federalist Debate!

Yesterday, students in our English 11 course presented speeches based on their study of historical documents and of rhetorical strategies in their social studies and English classes.

This event is the culminating activity of a collaborative, interdisciplinary project developed by Natalia McMillan, Jen Fatone and Mike Haig in our English and social studies departments. Students studied the Constitution, analyzed the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, and then developed speeches arguing for or against the ratification of the proposed Constitution using information from their close reading of these texts. Students were required to reference these texts and used rhetorical techniques such as appeals to pathos, ethos, logos and metaphor.

In their English classes, students developed and delivered speeches, then voted on which speeches were the most effective and convincing. The top six speeches (based on student votes) were presented to an enthusiastic crowd in Room 450. As students delivered their speeches, the audience used a rubric to evaluate each speech on the following four criteria: Presentation, Argument, Counter-argument and Rhetorical technique.

The following students presented speeches:

  • Daniel Fox
  • Angela Signorile
  • Tyler Mosca
  • Matthew Kreitzer
  • Khavi Ahmed
  • Mohammed Jaffer

When the votes were tallied, Khavi was declared the winner, followed by Matthew and Angela!

The Wheatley School Store is Open for Business with New Merch!

Our school store is a mainstay in the lobby on Friday afternoons. During this holiday week, our store is open on special hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please note some of the newest merchandise available at the store. If you are interested in ordering some of the items, feel free to contact Liza Laurino at