Heydi Manjano Selected as BOCES Outstanding Student!

Heydi Manjano, one of our graduating students, has been involved in Nassau BOCES Cosmetology program at its Barry Tech Campus. As part of this program, Heydi takes classes at Wheatley in the morning and classes at Barry Tech in the afternoon. On Wednesday evening, Barry Tech had its graduation ceremony for students who had successfully completed one of its many programs, and as part of that program, Heydi was recognized as the Outstanding Cosmetology Student.

Congratulations to Heydi on this wonderful




Class of 2017 Has a Wonderful Prom!

Last night, on a cool but lovely Thursday evening, members of the Class of 2017 celebrated all night long at its Senior Prom. Held at Okeka Castle, students arrived to this picturesque setting ready for one more festive time! The students had a wonderful time at the prom, dancing until the music had to stop just after midnight!

Thanks to the Senior Class Advisors, Mr. Crisci and Mrs. Cashman (and Ms. Rogala) for organizing such a wonderful evening!

There will be several posts with prom photos…enjoy these first few photos! (Check out  the dancing energy well into the night!)


Vani Kumar Published in Online International Magazine!

Wheatley Junior Vani Kumar is one of our extraordinary science research students. In the spring, she had an article published in The Epoch Herald, a new online international magazine (of which she is the Chief of Editing).

Vani’s article was entitled “CRISPR- The Little Known Technology Which Will Change the Future of Humanity” and was based on her science research work. The magazine article is quite approachable, so please take a moment to read it here: http://wp.me/p7Mlzz-Ro

Congratulations to Vani and thanks to our Science Research Coordinator, Alexis Blondrage, for her support of all of our research students.

Class of 2017 Prepares to Say Goodbye at Senior Sunset

On 1 September 2016, the Class of 2017 greeted its Senior Year at Wheatley with a new tradition: The Senior Sunrise. Earlier this evening, it was time to prepare for the end of its senior year with the Senior Sunset.

On a beautiful evening, members of the class came out to the fields to be the first to get their copy of the Aurora, Wheatley’s yearbook. With refreshments provided by the PTO, students snacked a bit, signed each others’ yearbooks and reviewed the Senior Year Goals cards they completed at the Senior Sunrise.

As the sun began to set, the class came together for one final group photo.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 for what has been a wonderful year!

Wheatley Spring Concert (Part 2) Wraps up the Season!

At tonight’s Spring Concert (Part 2), the audience was treated to wonderful performances by our Stage Band, Jazz Band, Intermediate Chorus, Intermediate & Concert Band and Symphonic Band.

Under the guidance of our music teachers, Angela Luftig, Dr. Peggy Ho and Stan Orlovsky — as well as faculty members Steven Fitzko and Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson — our music students did a wonderful job with some engaging musical pieces!

This was a special concert for many of our students, as 9 members of the Class of 2017 performed at their final Wheatley concert. We will miss them, and we wish them the best as they grow musically beyond Wheatley! The graduating seniors performing tonight were:

  • Aileen Chowdhury
  • Lianna Golden
  • Steven John
  • Allison Levy
  • Antonio Liparoto
  • Gil Lotzky
  • Brianna O’Brien
  • Sumu Pitchayan
  • Kevin Yi


Tri-M Music Honor Society Inducts New Members!

Earlier today, before the second of our Spring Concerts, Wheatley’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 16 new members!

Congratulations to the newest members:

  • Kavina Amin
  • Kaya Amin
  • Robert Boubour
  • Patrick Brady
  • Aidan Cozzolino
  • Emily Gothelf
  • Jacob Kaufman
  • Eliana Li
  • Karthik Pitchayan
  • John Scudero
  • Vedant Singh
  • Ashley Vincenzo
  • Trenton Wong
  • Alia Yamin
  • Brenda Zhong
  • Sharon Zhong

As part of the induction ceremony, the audience was treated to some wonderful individual and group performances! We even had some alumni return to perform with our Honor String Ensemble!

Thank you to our Tri-M Faculty Advisor, Angela Luftig, for supporting this active student club so ably!

Meet Rachel Koty, our 2017 Leadership in Action Recipient!

One of the final few awards given during our Academic Awards Evening is the Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action award.

Susan Bergtraum has been the model of an active and engaged community member. A long-time resident of our district, she was an active parent in our schools, and she served as a Board Trustee for 15 years, including five years as Board President. Presently, she is serving schools districts from across the state as President of the State School Boards Association. Last year, in honor and recognition of her past, present and future service to our school and community, we established the Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action Award for the senior who best epitomizes the action leadership exhibited by Susan Bergtraum.

Presented by Mrs. Diane Cumming, Wheatley PTO co-president, here is what was said about this year’s recipient:

This year’s recipient is an outgoing, intelligent, compassionate, and remarkable student. Kind-hearted and generous in actions and spirit, this student radiates a special warmth and supportive nature that is very inviting to others. Rarely seeking the spotlight, this student speaks with confidence and poise. With an extra-curricular résumé that is quite impressive, this student’s legacy at Wheatley is secure.

A love of learning, a willingness to lend a helping hand, and a desire to help those who are underprivileged have been this student’s guideposts at Wheatley and in the community. She has been significant leader with the “Hand in Hand” program at Temple Sinai. As a volunteer, she has coordinated social and educational activities for children currently living in homeless shelters in New York City.  She is a generous with her time and is focused on making a difference in the lives of others.

It is our distinct honor to present the 2017 Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action Award to Rachel Koty.