•  Welcome to the Wantagh 6-12 English Department! 

    Door to Future
    Join us as we strive to prepare your child
    for the demands of 21st century literacy.

    Please visit this site and our Twitter page @WSDLiteracy for updates on English, Reading and Library department events and activities as well as the latest information in best practice and resources for literacy support and English Language Arts instruction and assessment.
    Director of ELA,  Reading and Libraries
    (516) 679-6468

    6th to 8th Grade:  NYS ELA Assessments
    Tuesday-Wednesday, April 2-13, 2019
    10th Grade: AP Seminar Exam
                             Tuesday, May 7, 2019 @ 8:00 a.m. (arrive 7:30 a.m.)                                          
    11th Grade: AP English Language and Composition Exam
                   Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 8:00 a.m (arrive 7:30 a.m.)
                        11th Grade: Regents Exam in ELA Common Core
    You are to be seated in the gym or your designated location no later than8:00 a.m.
    12th Grade: AP English Literature and Composition Exam
                   Wednesday, May 8, 2019 @ 8:00 a.m. (arrive 7:30 a.m.)
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    Wantagh MS and HS students and teachers taking part in the June 2017 Barnes and Noble Book Fair
    Wantagh MS students, teachers and adminstrators participate in the second annual "Word on the Street" Literacy Celebration
    Wantagh HS English teacher, Ms. Violet Turner, named Syracuse's ESSPA Literary Magazine Advisor of the Year

     Judy Streib has been nominated for the 2016 Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance for her performance as Rose in Gypsy. She will be competing on Sunday, May 22nd at the Beacon School in Manhattan where a panel of industry professionals will select the Roger Rees Award winners for Best Leading Actor in a Musical and Best Leading Actress in a Musical. These two students will continue on to represent the New York metro area in the National High School Musical Theater Awards which will take place at the Minskoff Theatre on Monday, June 27, 2016. 
     Judy Streib

    WHS Literary Society members and advisor, Ms. Nieves, with the many boxes of books they collected for the "Book Fairies," a nonprofit organization that delivers gently used books to communities and children in need.

    Book Fairies pic
     summer          Summer Reading 2018 links coming soon!
    BARNES AND NOBLE BOOK FAIR:  THURSDAY, JUNE 2nd 5:30-8:30PM @ the Barnes and Noble, Massapequa 
     Wantagh MS English and Reading Teachers Promote Summer Reading with their "Every Hero has a Story" Video 
    On May 5th the entire 8th grade attended a performance of FROM THE FIRES: VOICES OF THE HOLOCAUST,  a play based on extensive research on the 1937 to 1945 era. It traces one individual girl’s life during this dark era and focuses on her experiences.   Wantagh 2011 graduate, Jenna Kavaler, was among the talented group of Theater Three actors whose performance captured the audience.  The actors participated in a question/answer session following the show.  

    This historical fiction play ties directly into the eighth grade ELA and social studies curricula where students learn about WWII and the autobiography of Anne Frank.  The performance was co-sponsored by the Wantagh English Department and the 6-12 Association.  Special thanks to the 6-12 Association and Wantagh Middle School teachers, Ms. Kristin Piciullo and Ms. Chrissie Hult, for helping to make this a memorable event for the 8th grade students and faculty.

    voices 1 voices 2 voices 3

    Wantagh Senior, Nikoleta Mountanos, has been recognized with a Regional Award in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing contest presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.  Her winning dramatic script was titled "Her, Him, It."  More than 300,000 works were submitted nationwide and only the top 40% received recognition. Congratulations, Nikoleta!
    After reading the Diary of Anne Frank drama, students in  Ms. Hult's and Ms. Piciullo's 8th grade English classes crafted their own leaves with positive messages about something they learned from the play, a way Anne's story impacted their lives, and/or something they would say to Anne if she were still alive. This activity enforces the importance of being kind to others and looking for the good in the world. 
     Anne Frank Tree
    Wantagh English, Reading and Drama Departments Present…..
    A Barnes and Noble Book Fair
     June 5, 2014 
     Book Fair Pic 1 Book Fair Pic 2

    WHS English teacher, Heather Romano, recently awarded a Long Island Language Arts Council (LILAC) Mini-grant



    Nicole Waldbauer, Director of English and Secondary Reading was the Conference Chairperson for The New York State English Council (NYSEC) Annual Conference held in Albany, NY this November.  NYSEC Conference workshop presenters included Ms. Lopera and Ms.Turner and Workshop Facilitators included Ms. Romano and Ms. Hult. 
    We are pleased to announce that one of our 2013 9th grade Honors English students, Nicole Vutera, won second place in Hofstra’s Suburban Diversity Essay contest, an award which includes a monetary prize for college! Congratulations, Nicole and teacher, Ms. Romano!
    The Wantagh Warrior newspaper won seven awards at the annual ESSPA contest at Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University, October 25, 2013. It was the most individual writing awards the paper had won since the 2005-06 school year.

    We had TWO winners this fall 2013 for the The Columbia Scholastic Press Association's 30th annual Gold Circle Awards program. For the cover photo of Escapades (the door) Cara Messina won third prize.For Closed (traditional) form poetry Josie Rerecich won SECOND PLACE. Congratulations!

    The Write Stuff!
    Congratulations to Wantagh High School English teacher and Escapades (The High School Literary Magazine) advisor, Violet Turner, for being named a finalist for the Norman Mailer Award for High School Teacher Fiction Writing.
    The Norman Mailer Writing Award competition for High School Teachers, in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English, is open to full- and part-time teachers across the country. Submissions are read by national panels of teachers and writers. They are judged by how well they achieve several qualities, including the artful treatment of subject matter; originality; quality of insight, voice, and style; artful arrangement of elements and materials; and overall aesthetic, emotional, or intellectual effect. Finalists selected through this process are submitted to a panel of distinguished authors selected by the Norman Mailer Center, who choose the winning writers. Ms. Turner was recognized for her short story submission entitled, “Eunoë”.

    On March 5th, Wantagh High School Juniors enjoyed the Hofstra University players version of Hamlet: a Bare Bodkin, a one hour adaptation of Shakespeare's
    The plot of Hamlet revolves around the Danish Prince Hamlet, who battles his inner demons (including possible insanity) and the characters around him to avenge his father's murder. Arguably Shakespeare's best known and most celebrated work, Hamlet has inspired many debates among scholars as well as many different interpretations.  
    -Courtesy of Hofstra University 
    Cast and WHS Students
    Hamlet and Gertrude

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    WHS Teachers, Alisa Lopera and Heather Romano, Honored

    Ms. Santamaria & Ms. Romano

    Mrs. Lopera has been selected to present a workshop at the National Council of Teachers of English conference on November 20, 2011.  Her session,  "Taking Back the Classroom: Returning Student Voice to Students through Transformation of Our Teaching," will discuss valuing student writers' voices in the midst of the current high-stakes testing culture. Ms. Lopera has taught at Wantagh for four years.  An active member of the Wantagh school community, she also serves as a year moderator and computer mentor.

    Ms. Romano has been selected as a New York State English Council Teacher of Excellence.  She will accept her award at the annual conference this October in Albany. Ms. Romano has taught at Wantagh High School for seven years and is currently studying for her second master's degree.  A former Fulbright Memorial Fund scholar, Ms. Romano is the director of the high school theatre program. In February, she and her theatre students were invited to perform at Walt Disney World before producing Beauty and the Beast on the Wantagh stage.  While rehearsing for their latest production, Little Shop of Horrors, Ms. Romano's students were given the opportunity to workshop with internationally known puppeteer and the original Audrey II in the Broadway production, Marty Robinson.

    "We're extraordinarily proud of our scholar-practitioners," said Mrs. Rebecca Chowske, Wantagh's  English Language Arts Director. "Alisa and Heather work very hard at their teaching because they care so deeply about their students. They are never satisfied with their performance and are always working to become even better at their craft."


    Mission Statement

    The mission of the English Department is to instill in students the love and practice of clear, concise, and creative communication of experience.
    Student Outcomes
    The students in our English classes will...
    • Comprehend both fictional and non-fictional writing and will link this writing to their lives.

    • Be familiar with both contemporary and classical writers.

    • Recognize and analyze elements and characteristics of drama in the development of meaning.

    • Analyze prosody, form, and meaning in poetry.

    • Attain the power to speak logically and forcefully in favor of their ideas.

    • Develop the capacity to listen in order to understand and synthesize the ideas of others.

    • Master vocabulary through a variety of strategies.

    • Demonstrate the ability to use acceptable and grammatical  sentence structure to communicate effectively and cogently.

    • Formulate ideas logically and write clearly.

    • Write non-expository prose competently.

    • Demonstrate the ability to write a clear thesis statement, develop cogent supports, and conclude logically and relevantly.

    • Apply expository writing skills to multiple types of writing, including persuasion, cause and effect, contrast and comparison, and analysis.

    • Use the higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and judgment in their writing.

    • Demonstrate the ability to use and apply research tools to investigate controversial issues, literary topics, and other matters or themes.

    • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to compete to the level of their ability on state-mandated and national exams.