Our East Williston School District Fine and Performing Arts Festival Inspires All Who Attend!

On Tuesday 30 April, Wheatley hosted the district’s inaugural Fine and Performing Arts Festival. Through the incredible work of our art and music teachers (with lots of support from our custodial staff!), Wheatley was transformed into a multi-room exhibit gallery highlighting the talents of our student-artists and student-musicians from all three schools.

This event proved to be one of the most well-attended events our district has ever held! Throughout the evening, there were audible gasps from parents and faculty members as they walked about and reviewed the incredible work on display.

An evening like this happens through the dedication and efforts of so many professionals throughout the district. Thank you to:

  • Steve Fitzko
  • Nicole Girgenti
  • Denise Giuliano
  • Melinda Gomez
  • Colette Hardy
  • Peggy Ho
  • Scott Hoefling
  • Angeliki Kyrou
  • Ed Lattari
  • Angela Luftig
  • Rachel MacCleod
  • Julia Maloney
  • Stan Orlovsky
  • Caroline Salm

Thanks also to Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel, Dr. Danielle Gately and Wheatley’s Assistant Principal, Dr. Karen Klapper for coordinating the event.

[Thanks to our friends at Island Photography for some of the photos!]

Wheatley Art Students Make Lifelong Gifts for Syrian Refugee Children!

Art students at The Wheatley School have joined the Memory Project, a charitable
nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth. The project also allows art students to practice kindness and global awareness while enhancing their portraiture skills.

The Syrian conflict has been called the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Due to years of brutal civil war, millions of families have been displaced and many Syrian children are growing up in refugee camps with no experience of life outside a barbed-wire fence. Each portrait created by the Wheatley students carries a message of kindness and hope from a different world. Each portrait will help them see the beauty of their inner strength and show them they are not forgotten, they are being thought of by those of us here at The Wheatley School and the rest of the world. Our students are telling these children that  we care about their memories and their future,
and to show them how much we admire their strength and courage during this tumultuous time in their lives.

Students at The Wheatley School began their participation in the project with Mrs. Girgenti as a part of the Day of Service and Learning in October and continued to work independently outside of class time to complete these beautiful portraits. To do this, the students received photos of children who are waiting for portraits, once finished, they were mailed to the people at the Memory Project.  The portraits are then delivered by in person to the children. Once the portraits are delivered we will get a video of the children as they receive them. (This is the most exciting part for those who worked so hard on the artwork. seeing the joy on the children’s faces is priceless) In total, we made portraits for twelve children in Syria this year.

Participating students were Avani Ramnarayan, Eva LaMonica, Ciara O’Brien, Allison Zheng, Emma Leng, Gabby Testani, Sami Chusid, Skylar Blechner.

[Thank you to Mrs. Girgenti for the write-up and the photos!]


Vintage Coffeehouse 2018 Dazzles the Audience!

After months of submitting, revising, editing, and proofing, the 48th Edition of Vintage, Wheatley’s student literary magazine, was released amidst great fanfare at Friday evening’s Vintage Coffeehouse. During this wonderful event, students, faculty and family members assembled in Room 450 to hear some of the selections included in this year’s edition and to be entertained by the incredible talents of our students.

A huge “Thank You” and “Congratulations” to our Editor-in-Chief, Vani Kumar, our Junior Editors of Literature, Saman Suleman and Anne Yan, for assembling a wonderful team of editors for this year’s truly remarkable edition. Thank you as well to Rick Allen Wilson, our Faculty Advisor to Vintage.

Performers included:

  • Ally and the Suncats
  • Emma Melnikov
  • Kenton Wu
  • Alekya Bokka and Adeel Anwar
  • Michaela Balboni
  • Robert Boubour
  • Alexandra Levine
  • Spectrum (see Wheatley’s Got Talent 2018)
  • Shruti Goyal and Talia Rosen
  • Kimberly Esquillin
  • Kajal Kapoor
  • Justin Vega
  • Vani Kumar
  • Patrick Brady
  • Halli ArbitalJacoby

Wheatley’s Fine and Practical Arts Dinner Celebrates Students and their Contributions!

Wheatley has an incredibly talented student body, involved in so many activities both inside and outside the classroom. Areas in which students have always excelled have been the fine and practical arts. From incredible stage performances to award-winning literary magazines and newspapers, Wheatley students have provided so much entertainment and value to our school and community. To recognize some of the students who have made special contributions in these areas, the faculty advisors invite them to a special dinner—held this year at The INN at New Hyde Park.

In addition to a lovely sit-down dinner, the evening features student performances and a mini art show. The faculty advisors and students are reminded of the critical role they play in helping Wheatley remain a school where there is a place for everyone to shine.

A highlight of this evening is the presentation of the Eve and Jerry Jerome Award, a recognition given to the music student who has demonstrated outstanding skill, character and citizenship at Wheatley. Presented by Mrs. Luftig, this year’s recipient is Justin Vega!

Class of 2017’s New Artwork Outside of Room 450!

Note: This post has been updated on 9/9 to correct the identification of Naomi’s and Emily’s picture.

Since 2012, the graduating seniors have had an opportunity to submit their work to be included in the artwork display outside of Room 450. This past year, four members of the Class of 2017 had their pieces selected for the display. Thanks to the generosity of our PTO mini-grant funds, the artwork was printed on stretched canvas and mounted.

Thank you to our art teachers, Julia Donovan and Nicole Girgenti, for their support of and assistance with this display.

The following students had their work added to the display:

  • Ariana Arralde
  • Emily Popovitz
  • Naomi Schlesinger
  • Bruce Zhang

Gabriella Wins Excellence in Art Award at the Art in Heart Exhibit!

Last week, 8th grader Gabriella Testani was recognized with an award for Excellence in Art in the Long Island Art Teachers Association 2017 Art in Heart Exhibition.  Gabriella was recognized for her outstanding pen and ink drawing!

Also participating in the contest were ninth grader Theodore Koutsoftas and eleventh grader Eva Suppa.

The exhibit is located at the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa.  Viewing is still available through April 21 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Sunday, April 23 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Congratulations to Gabriella, and many thanks to her art teacher, Ms. Julia Donovan!

EWSD STEAM Fair 2016 a Wonderful Success!

On Wednesday, 9 November, hundreds of students and adults descended upon Wheatley to participate in and enjoy the annual EWSD Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) Fair! Participants could engage in countless STEAM stations, learn about ways to help our environment, explore offerings from the Cradle of Aviation, or learn skills in mini classes taught by EWSD faculty.

Thank you so much to the many teachers from all buildings who supported the work of the STEAM Fair! Thank you in particular to our Technology team of David Casamento, Audra Beberman, Kim Kelleher, Eric Larsen, Joanna Schrager, Jerry Pokrywka, Rochelle Sroka and Karen Gilligan.

You can view the entire STEAM Fair guidebook through this link: STEAM Fair 2016