Kenton Earns a PERFECT Score on Advanced Placement Examination!

Earlier this month, I received news that Kenton Wu (Class of 2019) was one of only 111 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Research Examination he took last year! AP Examinations are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with a score of 5 equivalent to a grade of A in the corresponding college course.

Kenton went beyond a score of 5, however! He earned every possible point on the exam!

This is a most impressive accomplishment, and we congratulate Kenton for earning this recognition. We are also thankful to his AP Research teacher, Mrs. Alexis Pace, for her support and encouragement!

Wheatley Poets Recognized at Walt Whitman Annual Student Poetry Contest!

On Monday, 7 April, the award ceremony for the 33rd Annual Student Poetry Contest was held at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. This year’s ceremony was held during the year in which we are commemorating what would have been Whitman’s 200th birthday.

Wheatley English teacher Rick Wilson took his AP Literature students to receive the recognition announced last month. It was a beautiful ceremony with congratulatory tributes by NYS Senator James Gaughran, NYS Congressman Thomas Suozzi, NYS Assemblyman Steve Stern, Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, and Suffolk County Legislator Susan Berland.

Senior Tiffany Jiao was the Grand Champion in her category! Tiffany read her Whitmanesque “Sweet Poison” piece for the audience of 200.  Other winning Wheatley poets who were present included Huda Ayaz and Yusuf Meghji.  Not present but still honored were Jamie Ryan and Manan Shukla.  Mr. Wilson received the award for our AP class Grand Champion anthology “In the Eyes of an Eagle.”

Whitman Poet-in-Residence Jane Hirshfield was truly inspiring, reading not only from her own poetry but in calling out the importance of young poets in these challenging political times.  Tom Suozzi, too, was highly articulate as to poetry’s purpose in society and the significant accomplishments of our young people.

Congratulations to the students who were recognized during the ceremony. Thank you to Mr. Wilson for engaging his students in this contest celebrating one of our country’s literary treasures!

[Thanks to Mr. Wilson for the write-up and the photos!]

AP Human Geography Students Experience the Cultural Landscape of NYC!

On 30 January, Mr. Clarke’s AP Human Geography class visited the Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side. The trip provided the class with the opportunity to experience the cultural landscape of New York City. In the heart of the Lower East Side, the synagogue provides a window into the world of Jewish immigrants over 100 years ago. Additionally, our walking tour highlighted Jewish sites as well as the changing world emerging now. We walked along Grand Street, the heart of Chinatown.

Additionally, the class took the LIRR and the subway to the city. This previewed our upcoming urban geography unit.
Thanks to Pat Clarke and Paul Chisholm for accompanying the students. Thanks as well to Pat Clarke for the write-up and the photos!

AP Biology Students Conduct Human Mitochondrial Sequencing Lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory!

On Thursday, our AP Biology students (in Mrs. DeAngelo’s and Ms. Schwartz’s classes) headed over to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to conduct a Human Mitochondrial Sequencing as part of their evolution unit. They extracted DNA from mitochondria in their cheek cells and were guided on how to amplify a small region of their own mitochondrial DNA by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and use the product as a template for DNA cycle sequencing.

The students obtain their “finished” sequence through the DNALC Internet site. Computer analysis of the data will be performed at school in the coming weeks using the DNALC’s bioinformatics tool “Sequence Server.” This lab examines Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in the human mitochondrial genome and uses it as the basis for understanding human evolution and worldwide migration patterns.

Thank you to Mrs. DeAngelo for the write-up

and the photos!


Curriculum and Activities Fair Highlights Student Opportunities and Offerings!

As parents of our incoming 8th Graders (the Class of 2024) were learning more about their child’s first year at Wheatley, parents of current Wheatley students were learning more about the many offerings, programs and opportunities in grades 9-12 through our Curriculum and Activities Fair.

Over the course of the evening, parents were able to attend sessions on the following specific topics:

  • 10th Grade English Offerings (SWS/English 10/English 10H)
  • College-level Course Offerings (AP courses, Dual Enrollment courses, AP Capstone, alternative diploma pathways)
  • STEM Overview (including PLTW, Computer Science, Mathematics and Science offerings)

Parents also had an opportunity to learn about our co-curricular offerings, including our many clubs and activities. It was an evening of information and activity! A huge “Thank You” to the department supervisors, club advisors, and classroom teachers who helped make this night both informative and exciting!

You can download some of the information distributed through the following links:

9th grade parent presentation 2019.pptx

college-level course offerings

8th-9th curriculum night presentation 2019ew



2018 Regents and Advanced Placement Data Presentation

Wheatley has long prided itself on creating an environment in which students are able to succeed in a variety of different ways. Students have demonstrated excellence in a wide range of artisticscientifichistoricalmathematicallinguistic and athletic pursuits…just to name a few!

Wheatley students have also been successful in both state and national examinations. At last night’s Board of Education work session, an overview of the Regents examinations results and the Advanced Placement results was presented to the community. You can view a copy of the presentation below:

Wheatley Data Overview Oct18

Wheatley Data Overview Oct18

Wheatley Announces 20 AP Capstone Diploma Students!

The AP Capstone Diploma Program is a program designed to provide students with an opportunity to connect the content taught in subject-specific Advanced Placement courses with the skills necessary to conduct interdisciplinary research.

The program is anchored on two courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Each course is one year long, and students begin taking them in 10th or 11th grade. The College Board describes the courses as follows:

AP Seminar is a year-long course that has students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Students learn to synthesize information from different sources, develop their own lines of reasoning in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.

AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research-based investigation to address a research question.

Students who successfully pass these two courses and also pass four additional AP examinations earn the AP Capstone Diploma designation. This distinction is recognized on the Common Application Counselor forms and is recognized by colleges across the country.

Wheatley began the AP Capstone at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. As such, 2017-18 school year was the first year in which Wheatley students could have earned the Capstone Diploma. At the end of two years, 20 students earned AP Capstone Diploma status, with ten of these students earning this designation by the end of their junior year! Wheatley’s first class of Capstone Diploma students is as follows (members of the Class of 2019 are designated with an asterisk).

  • Karan Amin*
  • Adeel Anwar
  • Samuel Avila
  • Antony Deluxe*
  • Lauren Druz*
  • Sana Haroon
  • Farah Hasan*
  • Tiffany Jiao*
  • Charlotte Kaminsky
  • Abhishek Kumar
  • Mary Ma
  • Alexandra Ostad
  • Alexander Pannullo*
  • Mahesh Pitchayan*
  • Vedant Singh*
  • Saman Suleman
  • Caleb Varghese*
  • Ally Wang
  • Kenton Wu*
  • Anne Yan

Additionally, Brooke Schwartz* earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate. This is given to students who have passed the two Capstone courses but not yet passed the four required AP examinations. (Brooke is certain to earn the Capstone Diploma this year!)

Congratulations to all of the students who have challenged themselves in this comprehensive program. Thank you as well to all of the AP teachers who have supported the students throughout the years. Finally, thank you to our Science Director, Alexis Pace, and our Social Studies Teacher, Andrew Ardito, for their leadership roles implementing the program!