Six Wheatley Students Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists!

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named six Wheatley seniors as Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students earning this prestigious honor are:

  • Antony Deluxe
  • Amanda Kim
  • Vedant Singh
  • Kenton Wu
  • Camellia Ye
  • Brandon Zhu

As Semifinalists, these students scored in the top one percent of the more than 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who entered the program by taking the PSAT last year.

The 16,000 national Semifinalists are now eligible to compete for Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the Finalist level of competition.  About 15,000 of the Semifinalists are expected to become Finalists, and approximately half of the Finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.

Congratulations and good luck to Tony, Amanda, Vedant, Kenton, Camellia and Brandon!

Frederick Lin Finds Success in Germany!

This past summer, freshman Frederick Lin earned the distinction of participating at the International History Olympiad hosted in Berlin, Germany. The 2018 International History Olympiad was attended by over 200 students with more than 30 global affiliations. In the competition, he finished 2nd place in art history and 3rd in women’s history. At the closing ceremonies held at Charlottenburg Palace, he was awarded a silver medal (art history) and bronze medal (women’s history).

The International History Olympiad is a biennial week-long competition of history, attended by some of the best young history students from around the world.

Congratulations, Freddy!

First Few Days of 2018-19 School Year a Hot Success!

In the midst of our region’s heat wave, the Wheatley hallways are hot and filled with excitement on these first few days of the 2018-19 academic year! Members of our Class of 2019 returned to school wearing their Senior shirts with pride, and students in other grades oriented themselves to the rhythms of a new year. Classrooms and hallways were filled with students getting reacquainted with each other and with their teachers.

For members of the Class of 2019, the year began with the Senior Sunrise. Most of these students then returned to school in the evening in order to attend the “Driving in the Safe Lane” presentation.

It is going to be a wonderful school year!

Our 14th Annual “In Recognition of Excellence” Dinner Celebrates Students and Staff!

Last night, 13 June, our 14th Annual In Recognition of Excellence dinner was held. During a very busy time of the year, this remains one of my favorite evenings. Through our students’ own voices, attendees are reminded of the deep and lasting impact our faculty has on our students’ academic, emotional and social lives. The celebration of the relationships formed and connections made is what makes for such a special evening!

With so much talent in our school, it is still possible for some students to not get the recognition that they deserve. To recognize these students, the In Recognition of Excellence award was introduced fourteen years ago. This honor is given to a group of students who have demonstrated outstanding service to school and community, demonstrated respect and concern for fellow students, and set high expectations for themselves as they have achieved their goals.

The recipients of this award were asked to select one teacher, staff member or coach from their experiences at North Side, Willets Road, and Wheatley who had the greatest positive impact on their life.

Congratulations to our recognized students and the faculty they acknowledged:

Brett Bloomberg

  • Lynn Kaye (NS-Ret.)
  • Joseph Virgilio (WR)
  • Birthe Seferian (W)

Herbert Cumming IV

  • John Coyne (NS)
  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Ashley Rogala (W)

Nicole Hetzel

  • John Coyne (NS)
  • Michelle Santoro (WR)
  • Christina Cambria (W)

Brett Katz

  • Kara Fraser (NS)
  • Natalie Brew (WR)
  • Danielle Calvagno (W)

Alexandra Ostad

 

  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Adam Plana (W)
  • Lauren Walbroehl (W)

Hannah Ostad

  • Dr. Joseph Coladonato (WR)
  • Mary Martinez (W)
  • Cynthia Schwartz (W)

Jesse Romano

  • Patrick Clarke (W)
  • Timothy Schwalm (W)

Michele Strocchia

  • Kelly Powers (NS)
  • Kristen Kandell (WR)
  • Michelle Chalfen (W)

Aiden Wong

  • Bonnie Klein (NS)
  • Bridget Lennon (WR)
  • Robert Teseo (W)

Celebrating Excellence with the Nassau County School Superintendents!

On Friday morning, Dr. Gately (our Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel) and I were accompanied by two of our graduating seniors, Sana Haroon and Saman Suleman, at a wonderful breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Organized by the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents, this “Celebrating Excellence” breakfast recognizes the Valedictorians and Salutatorians of all of Nassau County’s public high schools.

Although Wheatley does not name a valedictorian or salutatorian, we send two Honor Students to represent our school at this wonderful event. These Honor Students are selected by the Wheatley Scholarship Committee, and they are identified using the criteria of high academic achievement and outstanding ethical behavior.

Both Sana and Saman have demonstrated outstanding academic performance in their years at Wheatley, both having earned perfect grades on their transcripts through the end of their junior year. They have both taken some of the most demanding courses at Wheatley, and they have both been active in Wheatley’s extracurricular life.

Congratulations to Sana and Saman for this well-deserved recognition!

Class of 2018 Shows its Colors on #NationalDecisionDay!

Across the country, May 1st is recognized as College Decision Day. This is the day by which seniors must typically commit to their college of choice. Today, members of the Class of 2018 filled the hallways with their new school colors, celebrating an important landmark in years of effort and achievement. Throughout the day, @WheatleySchool tweeted pictures of the seniors, tagging the selected colleges as part of the Tweet.

Congratulations to all members of the class for their ongoing success!

Here are some of the images of the day:

Wheatley’s Huda Ayaz Fifth Book is Published!

In November, Wheatley 9th Grader Huda Ayaz presented me with a signed copy of her most recently-published book! Huda and her family joined Wheatley this past summer, and we are thrilled to have them as part of our learning community. Huda is the published author of five books: the first four books of the Freeze-land series and the fifth, most recent book, Angie Moon and the Legends.

Freeze-land, a fantasy series for children, revolves around a girl named Samantha who goes to a secret planet and tries to save it from an evil man who is trying to make the world sad and dark.

Angie Moon and the Legends is a YA science fiction novel about a half Loch Ness Monster named Angie who must fight against time and rescue her missing friends. Huda is currently working on the sequel to Angie Moon and the Legends.

Huda’s younger sister, Maliha, is also a published author! Maliha wrote the fiction children’s novel The Heart of Time, centered around Amber’s search for a necklace that can help ghosts move on from an in-between world and into the afterlives. Finally, Huda and Maliha’s older sister, Sadaf, has also published a YA mystery novel called Crossing Red Lights! You can find out more about these three remarkable sisters at www.ayazsisters.com