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

 

 

Wheatley Students Hear from Senator Bill Nelson at Cradle of Aviation Museum!

Earlier today, five Wheatley students were fortunate to attend a small presentation by Senator Bill Nelson at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Mr. Nelson, currently the Senior Senator from Florida, spoke to students about his time aboard the Space Shuttle. In January 1986, then Representative Nelson became only the second sitting member of Congress to fly in space (he served as a payload specialist aboard the Columbia).

After praising the engagement among high school students after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, Senator Nelson described some of his personal reflections on his time aboard the Space Shuttle: the feeling of zero gravity, the overview effect,  the loss of bodily fluids and the challenge in conducting experiments in space. Senator Nelson discussed the 2010 NASA Authorization Law, which continues to guide NASA’s direction.

Finally, Senator Nelson was kind enough to take questions from the students in the audience.

Thank you to Mr. Todd Richman for helping to facilitate this opportunity for our students. The students who participated included:

  • Kaitlyn Ducroiset
  • Sanjana Khana
  • Megan Kirschner
  • Arham Sheraz
  • Justin Vega
  • Sharon Zhong

 

Wheatley Cybercats have a Breakout Week!

April 9th was the start of what proved to be a breakout week for Wheatley’s Robotics Team, the Cybercats. The week consisted of two different competitions—both held at Hofstra University and both part of the FIRST Robotics series.

The FIRST Robotics competition is the nation’s premier competition for high school robotics teams. For the ninth consecutive year, Wheatley has fielded a team in the regional competition for this event. Schools from across Long Island and the tri-state area compete in this event.

Within the guidelines of the competition rules, students are required to design a robot that would work with other teams in tasks reminiscent of a popular video game. You can view the sample video here:

 

It was an outstanding week, with the Cybercats performing exceptionally well at both competitions. Of course, the team had high expectations coming off their Half Hallow Hills robotics finals appearance this past year. It has been an extraordinarily prosperous season, as the Cybercats gained the mentorship and partnership of Orics Industries, owned by Ori Cohen a mechanical engineering and volunteer mentor.

The Cybercats, led by seniors Elan Mizhiritski and Abhishek Kumer, helped direct the design, fabrication and coding of this year’s impressive robot. With the help of volunteer mentor, Jonathan Goodman (Class of 2016) and Omri Cohen (Class of 2011), Wheatley earned its first major tournament award, taking home the General Motors Industrial Design Award. This award is given to a team that Celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge. The guidelines are as follows:

The design is elegant and efficient (simple/executable) and practical. The entire machine reflects a system design approach, i.e., the overall machine design addresses the many functional systems that must operate together.Designing the machine contributes to the team’s success in FIRST – not just in performance on the field of competition.Reliability and maintainability are considered in design. For example, it is capable of withstanding the rigors of the contest and servicing is easy.The entire machine design, or the detailed process used to develop the design, is worthy of this recognition, and not just a single component.

In addition to such a prestigious recognition, The Wheatley Cybercats earned their first regional semi-finals appearance, just missing the Worlds Games qualifications by 1 match. This has been an incredible season for the team, as we continue to grow and promote STEM in the community.

Thank you to the Cybercats advisor, Patrick Hurley, for his incredible energies and support throughout the season. Thanks as well to Joe Fina, who helped with many aspects of the design! Thanks as well to Patrick Hurley for help with the write-up of the week!

A Dozen Wheatley Students Participate in the Women in STEM Conference!

On Monday, 12 March, Mr. Storck and Mr. Chisholm accompanied a group of female Engineering students to the Cradle of Aviation Museum for a Women in STEM conference.  The students had an opportunity to talk to three women in the Engineering field who work or have worked for NASA, the Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin, and East/West Industries.  The conference was moderated by Carol Silva from News 12.

Our student participants included:

  • Reina Chintamaneni
  • Stephanie Clarfield
  • Grace Ducroiset
  • Gabby D’Ayala
  • Jaclyn Denicker
  • Anne Kozallca
  • Madeline Lindenauer
  • Kylie Ramhalette
  • Natalie Scudero
  • Sage Silber
  • Jade Sullivan
  • Elizabeth Yuen

Thank you to Mr. Storck and Mr. Chisholm for the photos and write-up!

Curriculum and Activities Night Highlights Opportunities for Students!

As parents of our incoming 8th Graders (the Class of 2023) 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:

  • SWS/English options (for parents of 9th graders)
  • STEM Overview, including PLTW, Computer Science, Mathematics and Science offerings
  • College Level Course Offerings, including AP course options, Dual Enrollment courses, AP Capstone, alternative diploma pathways

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:

Wheatley Hosts a Women in STEM Forum!

On Thursday evening, Wheatley’s Room 450 was packed with students, teachers and parents for a wonderful Women in STEM Forum. The brainchild of senior Jamie Horowitz, the purpose of the forum was to provide information and encouragement to females interested in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. To this end, four outstanding professionals participated in the panel discussion:

  • Elizabeth Giradi Schoen: As Vice Present of Environment and Sustainability for Teva Pharmaceuticals, her role is to champion responsibility in business practice for this global company with more than $20 billion in income. Ms. Giradi Schoen has her bachelors and masters in chemical engineering and has been working in this field for 35 years. She is a parent of four Wheatley graduates.
  • Laurie Cantileno-Lillis: Currently the Service Delivery Executive for Cisco, Ms. Cantileno-Lillis was formerly Vice President of Global Network Services at Broadridge Financial. She holds a Magna Cum Laude degree in Computer Science from NYIT as well as an ITIL v3 certification for Service Delivery. She was a catalyst of The Internet of Women. She continues this leadership by providing guidance and mentoring to girls, young women, and colleagues as a former Board Member of Girls Inc, former Broadridge Financials Inclusion & Diversity Board Member and its Senior Women’s Leadership Forum.
  • Jeannie Guglielmo: She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at Stony Brook, where she teaches Clinical Chemistry and Forensic Science. Dr. Guglielmo has 10 years of experience as a Forensic Scientist and has been an educator for the last 18 years.
  • Noelle Cutter: She worked as a research associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the NASA Space Radiation Labs before receiving her doctorate from Stony Brook University. She completed her BS as a double major in Biology and Chemistry from Molloy College in 2004 graduating Summe Cum Laude. She was captain of the Molloy Women’s Soccer Team and has been awarded the Chasman Scholarship for her dissertation work. Currently, Dr. Cutter is a co-PI for the National Science Foundation MRI grant and the C-STEP grant at Molloy College.

With Jamie serving as the moderator, each panelist had an opportunity to share her professional journey, discuss some of the challenges unique to women in the STEM field and argue the important role the humanities play in STEM-related fields. Finally, every professional was given an opportunity to provide advice to the audience.

Thank you to our Secondary Science Chair, Ms. Alexis Pace, and our Director of Technology, Innovation and Information Services, Mr. Ed Kemnitzer, for their support of Jamie’s initiative!

[Thanks to Randy Horowitz for some of the photos.]

 

Wheatley CyberCats Compete in 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition

After months of careful preparation, Wheatley’s Cybercats Robotics team competed in the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition held at Hofstra University. Each year, the competition requires that teams design a robot that is able to fulfill certain tasks. In the past, such tasks have included shooting balls through hoops, managing recycling bins and throwing a frisbee through a target.

The FIRST Robotics competition is the nation’s premier competition for high school robotics teams. For the eighth consecutive year, Wheatley has fielded a team in the regional competition for this event. Schools from across Long Island and the tri-state area compete in this event.

Within the guidelines of the competition rules, students were required to design a robot that would work with other teams in tasks reminiscent of the steam-powered machines of the industrial era. You can view the competition video here:

These tasks necessitated design elements, production elements and programming expertise. The Cybercats team was supported by Patrick Hurley and Joseph Fina.

Congratulations to the students who worked tirelessly in order to prepare for the competition!